William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center developed The William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center to have an impact on social justice, legal training and the lives of countless individuals in and beyond the local community.
Housed within the law school, the Center provides furnished offices to local non-profit agencies. Touro students have the opportunity to work with participating agencies, proving them the opportunity for hands-on skills training while developing an understanding of the problems facing the local community.
Currently, fifteen agencies are members of the Center. These agencies are:
Mariah Prensa - (631) 395-1800 ext.111
Dr. David J. Hegarty, Executive Director
Empire Justice Center
Room: PA216, 218, 222, CL119
Linda Hassberg, Esq., Senior Attorney - (631) 650-2305
Don Friedman, Esq., Managing Attorney - (631) 650-2316
Michelle Caldera-Kopf, Senior Attorney & Project Manager, (631) 650-2320
Cheryl Keshner, Paralegal / Community Advocate - (631) 650-2317
Maria T. DeGennaro, Esq., Regional Coordinator, Homeownership Protection Program (HOPP), (631) 650-2319
Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island Inc. (ECLI)
ECLI works with Touro Law students in collaboration with Suffolk County Legal Aid Society (SCLAS) to maximize the benefits of our program, as well as providing students with a well rounded understanding of the legal system.
Nathalia Alejandra Varela, Staff Attorney
LatinoJustice has been engaging in increasing civil rights work in Long Island over the past decade as the Latino community has grown significantly during that time, and is in increasing need of legal services.
Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC)
Eilleen C. Buckley, Esq., Attorney - (631) 650-2313
Long Island Advocacy Center provides information and referral, individual/case advocacy, and represents the legal rights of students attending Public School. In addition, Long Island Advocacy Center provides service coordination and vocational advocacy for adults with disabilities. Through mediation, negotiation, and representation the Long Island Advocacy Center ensures students and individuals with disabilities receive all the services to which they are entitled under law.
Long Island Fair Housing Services, Inc. (LIHS)
Ian Wilder, Esq., Executive Director
Phone: (631) 650-2304 or call (631) 567-5111 ext. 314
Initiated in 1969, Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) is a HUD-approved counseling agency and LI’s only HUD qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organization. The mission of Long Island Housing Services is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education. The agency promotes racial and economic integration and equal housing opportunities through direct client services, special projects and collaborative efforts with other non-profits and government enforcement agencies.
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
Carolyn McQuade, Attorney
Vivian Storm, Attorney
Coordinator, Community Legal Help Project
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
(631) 232-2400, ext. 3309
(Fax): (631) 232-2489
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based poverty law program which provides legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) matters to low-income individuals throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York. The program provides free legal service in thousands of cases each year as well as legal support to every church, agency and grassroots organization that works with the poor.
New York Civil Liberties Union (Suffolk Chapter)
Irma Solis, Esq., Chapter Director
Marina Nadler, Administrative Assistant
Hector Gerardo, Long Island Coordinator
The Suffolk Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union is dedicated to the protection of civil liberties as embodied in the Bill of Rights. Its mission is to protect the constitutional rights of the people it serves through advocacy and involvement in the legislative process and to educate the community about civil liberties issues.
New York State Defenders Association, Veterans Defense Program
Blair Hill, Esq., Staff Attorney
Barbara Lombardi, Asst. Program Coordinator
Melissa Greenberger, Staff Attorney
Judy Siegel, Staff Attorney
Stephanie Speranza, Administrative Assistant
Pro Bono Partnership provides free transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations on Long Island and in other suburban New York counties as well as Connecticut and New Jersey.