Message from Dean Elena B. Langan
During the holiday season, the Touro Law family wishes you good health, happiness, and a New Year of peace and prosperity. This has been an extraordinary and unprecedented year filled with personal and professional challenges as we have dealt with the global pandemic and issues of social injustice. Despite these difficulties, this time of year also provides us with the opportunity to reflect and give thanks. We are appreciative of our vibrant law school community filled with caring faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished students. Everyone worked together to ensure the continuity of our program of legal education in a new, remote modality. And, we applaud our alumni for all of their wonderful accomplishments even as many shifted to new methods of servicing their clients, and for being Touro ambassadors in the legal community.
As we collectively dealt with the unique struggles created this year, we also joined together to launch the celebration of Touro Law’s 40th Anniversary in recognition of all that Touro Law has achieved since it matriculated its first class in 1980. We have created opportunities for alumni, students, and supporters of Touro Law to participate in events throughout the year. Events include academic programs, virtual class and affinity group reunions, and fundraising and donor recognition events, all culminating with our 40th Anniversary Gala scheduled for April 29, 2021. I invite you to browse through information about all of our anniversary events at tourolaw.edu/40years.
The faculty, administration, alumni, students and members of the Board of Governors continue to strive for excellence inside and outside of the classroom and this shows true in two significant accomplishments this year.
Touro Law has been recognized by preLaw Magazine four times throughout the past year for various strengths and programs including Best Law School Building, Best School for African Americans, Best School for Practical Training, and Best School for Public Service.
Based on the ABA report of employment statistics for the Class of 2019, Touro’s overall employment rate (not including law school-funded positions) of 91.2%, ten months after graduation, ranks us 3rd overall in New York State.
This fall, we welcomed three new faculty members, Tiffany Graham, Cynara Hermes McQuillan, and, John Linarelli who are teaching courses in constitutional law, evidence, and contracts and business organizations, respectively. At the same time, two long-time faculty members, Thomas Schweitzer and Douglas Scherer both fully retired at the end of the spring semester. While their departures are bittersweet, we wish them well in the next chapter of their lives.
We are proud of all that Touro Law has accomplished during this year characterized by uncertainty and challenge. I hope that being a member of this community is a source of pride
for you, as it is for me.
As in years past, I ask that you join me and contribute to the Touro Law Annual Fund this year. Your generosity maintains the exceptional quality of our programs and the Law Center’s commitment to education access, while simultaneously providing the foundation for growth and stability. The support you provide is invaluable to our students.
On behalf of the entire Touro Law Center community, I thank you for your support this year and every year and, again, wish you good health and peace during the holidays.
Elena B. Langan
Dean and Professor of Law