Touro Law Director of Pro Bono Named to the NYSBA Task Force on the Post-Pandemic Future of the Legal Profession

August 31, 2021

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s Director of Pro Bono, Thomas Maligno, has been named to the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Post-Pandemic Future of the Profession. The task force includes 20 members comprised of attorneys in the private and non-profit sectors and members of the bench.

“I am honored to have been selected for this committee and believe the work we will do will be important to the profession,” stated Mr. Maligno. “My focus on the task force will be specifically on legal education and access to justice issues.” He continued, “There is much to review and reflect upon as the pandemic affected the legal field in so many ways. I am confident the work of this committee will be instrumental in continuing to ensure that members of the bar and bench can achieve success while being effective and efficient and that those seeking justice have the means to obtain it.”

The NYSBA Task Force will review the effects of the pandemic, both short-term and long-term, on the legal profession and the practice of law in general. Task force members will look at the remote practice of law, the increased use of technology, the efficiency of virtual courts and tribunals, changes in client interaction, law practice management, access to justice, the delivery of legal services and the education, training, expectations, and mentorship of law students and newer attorneys.

Thomas Maligno is Director of Pro Bono and Public Interest at Touro Law and Executive Director of its William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center (PAC), which was created by Touro Law in 2007 to bring together non-profit legal advocacy agencies to provide services to the community while providing opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work and gain hands-on legal training. He oversees the Public Advocacy Center and works with its agencies and Touro Law students.

In addition to working with the PAC, Mr. Maligno has developed a wide range of public interest career opportunities for Touro Law students and graduates, and has been a highly visible supporter of pro bono activities at the law school. He is the advisor for the Public Interest Law Organization of Touro (PILOT) and works with the organization in securing summer fellowships. Beyond helping students to fulfill their pro bono requirements, Mr. Maligno has been instrumental in helping students develop an understanding of the value of pro bono work. Student fellows defend the victims of domestic violence, guard the legal interests of children, and work with advocacy groups on a broad spectrum of poverty and civil rights issues. At Touro Law, Mr. Maligno uses the same creative energy for which he is known and applies it to the provision of pro bono work by students and PAC agencies. He serves as a role model for students and those in the community and is a strong advocate for public interest and pro bono work.  
 
During his more than 40-year career in public interest law, Mr. Maligno has received numerous state, local and national awards for his efforts in pro bono and public interest work. Most recently, Mr. Maligno has been a leader in Touro Law Center’s disaster response for both Hurricane Sandy and the COVID pandemic. He helped create our disaster response hotline for Hurricane Sandy which was the predecessor to Touro Law’s nationally recognized Disaster Law Clinic.  

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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.

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 has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For more information, visit www.touro.edu.

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Patti Desrochers
Touro Law Center Director of Communications
pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

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