Touro Law Receives $40K from Hagedorn Foundation

January 14, 2014

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that the Hagedorn Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to support immigration law training and legal services through Touro Law’s incubator in Hauppauge, the Community Justice Center (CJC). The funds will enable Touro Law alumni practicing in the CJC to receive intensive training on representing clients with immigration issues in order to prepare them to represent clients in a law-bono fee arrangement.

Dean Salkin stated, “We are grateful to the Hagedorn Foundation for this grant. The kind of training being funded will benefit both our alumni who are practicing in the Community Justice Center as well as members of the local community who are in need of trained, experienced attorneys willing to provide services at reduced rates. This grant will help further the mission of the Community Justice Center to support Touro Law graduates while serving of local community members with unmet legal needs who have limited financial resources.”

Training will focus on areas that include Introduction to Immigration Law and Fundamentals of U.S. Immigration Law. Training will include onsite interaction with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Homeland Security officers. Training topics include:
Selected Issues in Naturalization
Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration
Introduction to Removal Proceedings
Humanitarian Relief
Helping Immigrants Become U.S. citizens

Community Justice Center lawyers participating in the program will work closely with the Brentwood office of Make the Road New York, an organization that works to serve the needs of Long Island’s immigrant communities.

Touro Law Center opened the Community Justice Center in November 2013, providing onsite space for up to 10 Touro Law graduates to launch their solo practices for a period of 18 months. Much like medical internship and residency programs, Touro Law’s program will help strengthen the professional skills of its members through mentoring and practical ongoing training while also assisting them to learn how to develop solid solo or small firms that are both financially and professionally satisfying. Incubator participants will pay a low monthly rent as they learn how to balance the need to “do well in order to do good.” The business skills they learn help prepare them to run their own practices and the lawyering skills they gain augment their legal education at Touro Law. 

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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