Touro Law Hires Assistant Director of Bar Programs and Academic Development

November 17, 2014

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce the appointment of Cynara Hermes McQuillan as the Assistant Director of Bar Programs and Academic Development. In this role, McQuillan will work with students on an individual basis, coordinate and provide skills training workshops, develop student learning materials, coordinate and teach bar-preparation programs and implement new services relevant to enhancing the academic experience for Touro Law students.

“Cynara brings significant experience in law teaching and working individually with law students to help prepare them for the bar exam and teaching skills necessary for the practice of law,” said Dean Salkin. “She is a welcome addition to our team and we are all excited about the positive impact she will have on our students and programs.”

Cynara Hermes McQuillan has experience teaching in the areas of legal writing, academic support and professional skills.  Professor McQuillan was an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School teaching Legal Practice, Principles of Legal Analysis and Introduction to American Law. Her teaching interests include legal method, legal writing, academic support, and bar exam preparation.  Prior to NYLS, Professor McQuillan worked at St. John’s University School of Law as an adjunct professor of law and as a fellow in the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development. As an adjunct, she taught a seminar course, Interviewing and Counseling, in which she introduced students to interviewing, counseling, and negotiation skills through the use of simulations and collaborative exercises. As a fellow, she advised undergraduate and law students regarding the legal profession, law school applications, exams, and curriculum. Professor McQuillan started her legal career as a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, where she worked on general commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, represented clients in corporate defense and investigations, and worked on human rights and immigration cases. 

Touro Law offers a rich Academic Development program for all students including workshops, individual tutorials, study skills training, exam preparation and bar exam workshops and training. The department is headed by Director and Professor of Law Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus.  

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art law school 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 650 and an alumni base of more than 6,000, 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.

Touro Law’s newly implemented Portals to Practice is a cutting-edge, experiential learning program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation. 

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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