Touro Law Receives $25K Grant from the United Way of Long Island

March 19, 2014

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from the United Way of Long Island’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Program. The grant will be used to provide funding for consultation with victims of Hurricane Sandy both at the law school and through regularly scheduled walk-in clinics held throughout the Long Island region.

“Our Disaster Relief clinic has been instrumental to more than 2,000 families trying to put their lives together after the storm while providing hands-on training for law students who have a desire to help within the community. We are so grateful to the United Way for their support of our efforts and their shared dedication to Long Islanders in need,” said Dean Patricia Salkin.

Touro Law began a Sandy assistance hotline three days after the storm, followed by the creation of the  Disaster Relief Clinic nearly three months afterward to address longer-term legal needs. To date, we have assisted more than 2,000 Sandy-affected households, predominantly seniors and working families in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Sandy-related legal needs have ranged from FEMA’s disaster assistance program, flood and homeowner insurance, landlord-tenant disputes, real property and estate issues, and contractor disputes.  

While our primary focus has been on vulnerable populations of Long Island, Touro Law has also developed programs, built and strengthened collaborations, and sought policy reforms meant to benefit the region as whole. As the legal needs for many of these households continue, Touro Law is strategically placed to advance innovative solutions through its collaborations with legal and social services providers, while playing a central role as the only law school with a Public Advocacy Center housing several public interest law groups and a clinical program alongside the state and federal courts when judicial relief is necessary.   

The United Way grant comes through the United Way Worldwide Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. United Way is committed to collaborating with and supporting Long Island’s community-based organizations as they serve the disaster recovery needs of Hurricane Sandy affected families and individuals across Long Island. 
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:

About United Way of Long Island
United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health.  We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit: 

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Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
(631) 761-7062

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