(l to r) Jeffrey Wells, Brett Alazraki and Professor Jonathan Ezor.

Two New IBLT Entrepreneurship Assistance Fellowships Created

Inaugural Fellowships Awarded Through the Touro Law Center Institute for Business, Law and Technology

September 20, 2012

The Institute for Business, Law and Technology (IBLT) at Touro Law Center has established two new Entrepreneurship Assistance Fellowships. The Entrepreneurship Assistance Fellows will assist specially selected early-stage and start-up Long Island companies with faculty-supervised research about relevant legal issues and best practices, in order to better enable the companies to manage the risks they face and maximize their growth potential. Additionally, the Fellows will help create and publish blog entries and other informational materials on data privacy, intellectual property and other key legal issues for the broader business community. The Fellowships will be awarded each semester to two qualified students who demonstrate an understanding of business and intellectual property law and offer previous relevant experience. The inaugural recipients of the award for the Fall 2012 semester are Brett Alazraki and Jeffrey Wells.

“We are proud of both Brett and Jeffrey and look forward to their contributions as the inaugural Fellows of the Institute of Business, Law and Technology,” said Dean Patricia Salkin. “In this competitive market, the Fellows will not only gain valuable experience that will aid them upon graduation, but will make connections within the business community that will last a lifetime.”

Brett Alazraki is a full-time, third-year student who will graduate in May 2013. He is the Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Society and has been both a legal extern and Canon Insights Legal Intern for Canon USA. He also worked for a summer as a legal intern with Sheldon May & Associates, P.C.

Jeffrey Wells is a dean’s list student and successful entrepreneur himself who received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Drafting Commercial Documents & Real Estate Transactions. He previously served as a District Court Bureau Legal Intern for the Office of the District Attorney of Nassau County and a Legal Intern at the Long Island Advocacy Center.

“This is a great new opportunity for the Institute and for our students,” said Jonathan I. Ezor, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the IBLT. “From its launch, the IBLT has been dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and economic development throughout our region. These fellowships are a natural extension of that support and an exciting way to provide new opportunities for Touro Law students who display qualities that best represent the goals of the Institute.”

The Institute for Business, Law and Technology (IBLT) at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is dedicated to advancing the state of understanding about the intersection of technology, business and the law both within and beyond the law school. It does so through a growing list of courses for Touro Law Center J.D. and LL.M. students, a privacy and technology law blog at http://tourolawiblt.blogspot.com, social media presences on Twitter (@TouroLawIBLT) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/tourolawiblt), continuing legal education seminars for practicing attorneys, and publications and events for the general business community. As part of its efforts, the IBLT frequently collaborates on programs and initiatives with other educational institutions, organizations and companies throughout Long Island and beyond.

Its mission is to improve the understanding of the legal issues of basic and developing technologies integral to the technology-driven business communities of manufacturing, electronic commerce, and high technology. In so doing it assists in the formation, attraction, and retention of new business and to the economic development for the region through the integrated processes of education, collaboration, outreach and research. More information about the IBLT can be found at its Web site at http://www.tourolaw.edu/iblt.


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
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