Touro Law Hires Practitioner in Residence for Mortgage & Foreclosure Clinic

February 11, 2015

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce the appointment of Joan Clay as Practitioner in Residence for the Mortgage and Foreclosure Clinic. 

“Joan Clay brings a wealth of practical knowledge as well as teaching experience to Touro Law Center. She is a welcome addition to our clinical team,” said Dean Salkin.  

She will be teaching, supervising and mentoring students in the Mortgage & Foreclosure Clinic as they provide representation to Suffolk County homeowners facing foreclosure of their primary residences.      

For nearly a decade, Clay was a partner in her Chicago law firm and specialized in Business and Real Estate Law. She also taught as an adjunct in the areas of Business, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Law at MacCormac College in Illinois. She is an accomplished litigator who has cultivated long-lasting client relations during her time in practice. Clay has also made significant contributions to the Chicago community by volunteering her time at the First Defense Legal Aid hotline and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Since 2005, Clay has litigated, mediated and arbitrated building code violations, mortgage fraud, and foreclosure matters; such as modifications, short sales, and deeds in lieu of foreclosure. She is admitted to the Bar in Illinois and New York. She received her B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from Loyola University of Chicago.  She earned her J.D. at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  

Touro Law is one of a few law schools nation-wide that guarantees every student a clinic and externship experience for academic credit. We now offer twelve distinct clinics (in areas including: immigration, family law, disaster law, criminal law, business and nonprofit law, elder law, bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure). Clinics are open to all students beginning in their second year, affording students an opportunity to represent actual clients with real legal problems and to work with experienced attorney-professors. Under the close supervision of faculty, clinic students advise clients and appear on their behalf in court or at administrative hearings.


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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