Dean Salkin Named Co-Chair of State Bar’s Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Committee

August 12, 2014

Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin has been appointed the new co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. The influential committee is charged with studying developments in legal education and admission to the bar, maintaining adequate standards of legal education, and monitoring the bar admission process. Dean Salkin will serves with co-chair Eileen D. Millett, Esq. of the prominent national firm Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

“I am delighted that Dean Salkin has agreed to serve as co-chair of this committee,” said New York State Bar President Glenn Lau-Kee. “I am confident that she will provide valuable leadership and insight, and that with co-chair Eileen Millet will make a real impact and have a positive, lasting effect at this challenging time for legal education and the legal profession.”

Dean Salkin stated, “I am honored that State Bar President Glenn Lau Kee has appointed me to co-chair this important committee,” said Dean Salkin. “I look forward to sharing my long-standing commitment to legal education reform and experiential learning as we continue to monitor rapid developments and trends in the profession and how they impact legal education. I am pleased that the State Bar is committed to New York emerging as a leader in this regard. Further, the opportunity to work with Eileen Millett, a long-serving co-chair of the Committee, who brings perspective as a leading practitioner who has taught in law school, is exciting and presents great opportunity for new ideas and initiatives.”

Patricia Salkin was named the first female dean of Touro Law Center in 2012 and serves as the fifth dean in the school’s history. Dean Salkin is a current member of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and a member of the City Bar’s recently completed Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. She is a past chair of the American Association of Law School’s State & Local Government Law Section, and is the author of hundreds of books, articles and columns including recent pieces in the Journal of Legal Education and the Pace On-Line Environmental Law Journal on incorporating best practices into the teaching of land use law. 

A member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, Dean Salkin holds and has held many leadership positions within both the ABA and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) including: Past Chair of the ABA State and Local Government Section and current member of the Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs (ABA); Past Chair of the NYSBA Municipal Law Section and Founding Member and Past Chair of the NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in Public Service; and she has chaired numerous NYSBA task forces, including ones focusing on government ethics, eminent domain, and town and village justice courts.

A nationally recognized scholar on land use law and zoning, Dean Salkin is the author of the popular blog, Law of the Land, Her land use publications include the 4-volume 4th edition of New York Zoning Law & Practice (1999-present); the 5-volume 5th edition of American Law of Zoning (2008-present); Land Use & Sustainable Development: Cases and Materials, 8th ed. (Thomson West) (with Nolon) (2012); Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell (Thomson Reuters) (with Nolon) (2010); Land Use in a Nutshell (Thomson West) (with Nolon) (2007);; Town and Gown: Host Communities and Higher Education (ABA) (with Baker) (2013) and the annual Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, ed. (Thomson Reuters). 

She has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Planning Federation, and has been active in land use reform efforts including membership on the Land Use Advisory Committee of the NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. She is a reporter for the American Planning Association's Planning & Environmental Law and on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Urban Lawyer produced by UMKC School of Law for the ABA. Dean Salkin continues to serve as the long-term chair of the American Planning Association's Amicus Curiae Committee. She has consulted on land use issues for many national organizations including: the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the National Academy for Public Administration and the National Governor’s Association.

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