Touro Law Names New Director of Digital Legal Education

Professor Jack Graves to Oversee Digital Lawyering Curriculum and Content

March 23, 2015

Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that Professor Jack Graves has been appointed Director of Digital Legal Education. In his new role, Professor Graves will oversee the development of Touro Law’s new digital lawyering curriculum, while simultaneously working with faculty to expand and improve our ability to deliver educational content online through a virtual classroom experience.
 
“Jack is dedicated to legal education and passionate about finding ways to ensure that today’s educational experience uses cutting-edge technology to enhance the delivery of information and the student experience,” said Dean Salkin. "He is also working on new curricular content in the rapidly developing world of technology-leveraged lawyering. These combined interests coupled with his commitment to Touro Law will benefit the entire Touro community.”
 
Professor Graves teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, Arbitration and International Sales Law & Arbitration, as well as new courses in basic business principles for law students and 21st Century lawyering. In collaboration with a group of colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Zagreb, Professor Graves founded and continues to serve as Director of the Institute of International Commercial Law & Dispute Resolution. He also spends significant time collaborating with students and faculty from the U.S. and abroad in relation to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (largely, today, in online pre-moots), an international moot involving law student teams from over 250 law schools and over 60 countries. He co-chairs Touro Law’s New Technologies Committee. 
 
Touro College Vice President of Online Education and Dean of the Lander College for Women Marian Stolkes-Loike stated, “Education is being reshaped by technology. Touro College and University systems is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art opportunities for our students. Touro Law Center’s commitment to digital educational and lawyering demonstrates this commitment and will positively influence how information is delivered as well as content and curriculum.”
 
Touro Law Center already offers a number of "virtual" or online courses in its JD program, as well as its new online Portal to Law School program to begin this spring. Professor Graves is currently teaching the Law Center's first "digital lawyering" course online this spring--"21st Century Law Practice by Design: Leveraging Legal Expertise with Technology for More Cost-Effective Delivery of Legal Services." This survey course will be offered online this summer as well, and additional offerings are planned for next fall and spring.
 
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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: http://www.touro.edu/media/.

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