Touro Law Celebrates 39th Annual Commencement

June 2, 2021

Touro Law held its 39th annual commencement on Sunday, May 30 in a virtual ceremony and held an in-person convocation for graduates on Friday, May 28 at the Law Center, honoring 111 JD candidates as well as 28 JD recipients and 3 LLM recipients who completed their degree requirements in December 2020. 
 
Graduates heard from Dean and Professor of Law Elena Langan, President and CEO of Touro College and University System Dr. Alan Kadish, Provost and Professor of Law Patricia E. Salkin, as well valedictorian for the full-time division Kristy Harrison and valedictorian for the part time division Garrett Thomas Wakefield. During the in-person convocation, graduates heard from the Ronni D. Cohen Class Orator, Kayleigh Gorman as well as Class Professor, Associate Dean Myra Berman.
 
“Celebrating the exemplary Class of 2021 and their profound achievements could not be a better conclusion to Touro Law’s 40th anniversary year,” said Elena Langan, Touro Law Dean. “In a year filled with uncertainty and unprecedented challenges, this group has carried out the very leadership, values, and hard work that this institution prides itself upon. The future is in good hands and we are very proud of them.”
 
Full-time valedictorian Harrison stated, “What makes this day so special is the realization that we all achieved the same goal and that we helped each other along the way.”
Additionally, Johan A. LoNigro was recognized at the salutatorian for the full-time division, while Kevin Richard Garb was recognized as the salutatorian for the part-time division. 
 
To further the celebrations and acknowledgement of their accomplishments, each student received their own personalized celebration web page, where family and friends posted pictures, videos, and messages to the graduates. Lawn signs and commencement programs were also mailed to each graduate. 

The distinguished graduates completed a combined 31,000 hours of pro bono practice, applying skills learned throughout their years at Touro to serve their communities. Following graduation, many students will go on to practice law in various areas such as criminal law, family law, real estate, and personal injury, among others applying important Touro values that were instilled in them throughout their education.

The videos of the virtual commencement ceremony and in person convocation can be found at www.tourolaw.edu/commencement2021.
 
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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law 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 experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,500, offers full- and part-time JD programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime JD Program combining online and on campus learning. Touro Law offers 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 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/.


For more info contact:
Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

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