Inaugural Public Interest Collective Conference Planned

12 Local Law Schools Join Forces to Benefit Public Interest Law Students

August 30, 2012

Touro Law Center is proud to join with other law schools in the area to form the Public Interest Collective (PIC) – a Conference for Social Justice to be held on September 23, 2012 at Columbia Law School. The keynote speaker is Bill Quigley, the Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of the Law Clinic and Gillis Log Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.

The Public Interest Collective's Conference for Social Justice is a day of collaboration, panels, workshops, and networking opportunities for public interest law students. The conference will give law students across the New York metropolitan area, who are passionate about public interest law, an opportunity to meet one another and work together on building and improving opportunities for meaningful public interest work while in law school.

The PIC began a year ago as an effort to forge relationships and collaborations, both professionally and personally, between pro bono project leaders at New York and New Jersey area law schools. The PIC Conference was developed with participation from students at Brooklyn, Cardozo, Columbia, CUNY, Fordham, Hofstra, New York, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Seton Hall, Pace and Touro Law. The PIC Conference will give students tools to create and sustain dynamic organizations, and the chance to start relationships as they begin their careers as attorneys and advocates in the non-profit sector.

“This conference is an exciting development. Harnessing the energy, enthusiasm, and potential power of public interest students from all over the New York metro area is an incredible development,” said Thomas Maligno, Director of Public Interest and Executive Director of the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law. “These students will make contacts that will last them throughout their professional lifetimes and forge alliances that will make a difference in the lives of others.”

The conference is free to law students, although space is limited. 


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris, and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide as separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:
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