Cynira Clay and Allen Shayanfekr

Inaugural Municipal Law Fellows Named

Cynira Clay and Allen Shayanfekr Named Municipal Law Fellows for 2012-2013

October 24, 2012

Touro Law Center is pleased to partner with the Municipal Law Section of the New York State Bar Association to produce the Municipal Lawyer, a quarterly publication of the Section. Dean Patricia Salkin will continue to serve in her role as editor-in-chief and Touro Law Center students, Cynira Clay and Allen Shayanfekr, have been awarded Municipal Law Fellowships and will serve as student co-editors of the Municipal Lawyer.

“I am so pleased that both Cynira and Allen have been awarded these prestigious fellowships,” said Dean Salkin. “They are both deserving students and will gain valuable experience working with some of the best municipal law practitioners across the State. It’s an exciting opportunity for the students and for Touro Law Center.”

Cynira Clay is a third-year law student focusing her studies on government law, national security, and legislative practice. Prior to beginning her studies at Touro Law Center, she worked at a private civil practice firm where she gained hands on experience in trial work and case law research. She gained invaluable skills and knowledge working one on one with clients and focusing on their individual needs, but she knew she wanted her work to impact many different cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities. She recently completed an internship at the Nassau County Attorney’s Office. There, she spent the summer working in diverse areas of law such as general litigation, labor, torts, and criminal law, gaining first-hand knowledge of working within a municipality and focusing on public policy and the law.

Cynira was honored to be chosen as a Municipal Law Fellow and looks forward to working closely with Dean Salkin and others on topics that offer a wide range of interests in municipal law. She stated, “I am excited to begin researching and editing articles that have an impact on social justice and the lives of countless individuals in and beyond the local community.”

Allen Shayanfekr is currently a third-year law student whose interests include contractual, real estate, bankruptcy, tax, trust and estate, business, land-use, and finance work. He interned for a semester at the American Civil Liberties Union, spent a summer working closely with a New York State Bankruptcy Trustee, and most recently underwent an intensive licensing procedure to become a National Title Producer. Allen works closely with a title insurance company as their title producer in 29 states. Allen recently joined Touro Law’s Mortgage Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Law Clinic where he aids those in need.

On being named a Municipal Law Fellow Allen said, “I am thrilled at this opportunity to work as co-editor of the Municipal Lawyer and work closely with Dean Salkin.”


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