Twelve Students Named David Berg Public Interest Fellows

July 15, 2013

Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that twelve students have been named David Berg Public Interest Fellows at Touro Law and are working this summer in various non-profit organizations honing their legal skills while providing legal assistance to the community.

Congratulations to:

Tesla Carrasquillo, 2L FT – Neighborhood Defenders Services of Harlem – Hometown: Astoria, NY

MacDonald Drane IV, 1L FT – Brookhaven Town Attorney’s Office – Hometown: Port Jefferson, NY

Avi Goldstein, 2L FT – Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Major Offense and County Court - Trial Bureaus – Hometown: Hewlett, NY

Edward Grimmett, 1L FT – Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Labor, Insurance and Revenue Crimes Division– Hometown: West Babylon, NY

Toni Kong, 2L FT – New York State Office of the Attorney General, Litigation Bureau – Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Paul Lipsky, 2L FT – United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of NY – Hometown: Bayport, NY

Michael Nappo, 1L FT – Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office – Hometown: Southampton, NY

Myeisha Rouff, 1L FT – King’s County District Attorney’s Office, Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau – Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Jamie Ruiz, 1L FT – Suffolk County Executive’s Office, Office of Community Affairs – Hometown: Levittown, NY

Perla Solis-Silva, 2L FT – Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. – Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Stephanie Tuorto, 2L FT – Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, District Court Bureau – Hometown: Kings Park, NY

Christine Verbitsky, 2L FT – New York State Office of the Attorney General – Hometown: Levittown, NY

“Berg Fellows are excellent ambassadors of Touro Law. They are committed to social justice and hands-on learning opportunities to hone the skills they have learned in law school,” said Dean Salkin. “The fellowships provide a stipend for students, enabling them to work in non-paying public service jobs that they may not be otherwise able to afford. It’s an extremely valuable program and we are thankful to the Berg Foundation for providing these opportunities for our students.”

Students selected for the prestigious Berg Fellowships fulfill their pro bono requirements through Touro Law’s Public Advocacy Center and receive special consideration throughout the academic, allowing them to participate in special conferences and seminars and provided unique opportunities for interaction with practitioners and academics.
These fellowships are generously funded by the Berg Foundation. The David Berg Foundation was established in New York by David Berg in 1994. He was a lawyer and real estate investor. He graduated from Harvard Law School. The David Berg Foundation fund community legal services, public interest law projects, human rights anti-Semitism issues, law schools, Museums and Jewish history projects in Israel and in the US.

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. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as  Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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