Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Rossello '21

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Joseph Rossello, Class of 2021

Joseph submitted his Advanced Writing Requirement paper to the NYSBA Business Law Section competition upon the suggestion of his professor and won second place! It was published in Volume 25 of the NYSBA Business Law Journal.

Why did you write the paper?
I initially wrote the paper, “Material or Puffery? Avoiding Securities Fraud Exposure Based on Corporate Codes and Statements of Policy,” for my independent writing study, which was required to graduate. Professor Miller was my advisor for the paper and, after I completed it, she inspired me to tweak it and submit it to the NYSBA Business Law Section competition. I was recently informed that I placed second in the competition and my paper was published in Volume 25 of the NYSBA Business Law Journal! I really enjoy writing, and wanted to leave my mark by placing in the competition and leaving a legacy for myself and Touro. Professor Miller was there for me throughout the entire process of writing and editing the paper, and I wanted to make her, myself, and Touro proud.

Why did you select the topic?
One of my hobbies is following the stock market and I wanted to combine my interest in the stock market with legal education.

Why did you attend law school?
I recognized that being a lawyer comes with great responsibility, and I wanted to become a lawyer to leave a positive mark on the earth. I want to make a difference in someone's life, and I knew becoming a lawyer would give me the power to do so. I have always been a creative thinker, and thoroughly enjoy problem-solving and writing so I thought law school would be a good fit for me.

Was there one professor or class that made a big impact on your law school years?
Professor Meredith Miller made a huge impact on my law school years, and she continues to mentor me past graduation. The advice and the guidance she provides is priceless and I greatly value her perspective. She is an extremely talented individual, and I look up to her as my mentor. I aspire to follow in her footsteps and be as successful as she is one day.

Where are you working now?
I am currently employed at Lieb at Law, P.C. as a legal clerk, and will become an associate attorney at the firm upon admission. I focus on real estate transactions and participate in many residential, commercial, condo, and bank closings at the firm. The knowledge I gained from writing the paper is extremely valuable. I have been tasked to draft memos at my current job, and this paper gave me a head start on how certain memoranda should be written.

Is this the job you imagined you would have after graduating?
Yes. I am fascinated with real estate and knew that I wanted to combine my interest in real estate and legal education. It is a great field if you are driven and the skills that I have been acquiring at the firm will help me become a successful attorney.

What advice would you give to prospective or current students?
The advice I would give is to learn and write as much as possible. Even when you are done with classes for the day, do more when you get home. You want to make yourself as valuable as possible, and I can tell you the feeling of seeing your hard work pay-off is extremely rewarding. My motto in life is "grind now and shine later" - always have goals, and reassess them frequently. By doing this, your whole attitude on life will change, and your peers will view you as a force that cannot be stopped. Lastly, always reach out for help if you need it. The faculty at Touro Law Center are extremely talented and dedicated, and will always lend you a helping hand. Law school goes by quickly, so make the most of it while you are there!



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