Joan Foley Named Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Professor of Health Law & Policy

July 20, 2015

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Joan Foley has been named the Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Professor of Health Law & Policy for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

“The Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Professorship has enabled Touro Law to expand health law initiatives and enhance our offerings in the field,” stated Dean Salkin. “I look forward to Professor Foley’s contributions as she continues to nurture and grow the inter-collegiate relationships between the Law School and medical and health sciences programs, and she builds on programming for our students and the community at large.”

Professor Foley is the Co-Editor of Touro Law Center’s newest journal -- The Journal of Aging, Longevity, and Law. She has been active in Touro Law’s Aging and Longevity Law Institute. Professor Foley was a lead organizer for the Touro College and University’s System inaugural “Aging in Place: A Stakeholder’s Conference on Care, Health Care, Finance, and the Law” in which she delivered the Closing Remarks in June 2014. She has worked for the past two years with previous Gitenstein Chairs Dean Edward Dauer and Professor Deseriee Kennedy in helping to build a more visible and meaningful presence for Touro Law within the region.  She stated, “I am looking forward to continue the efforts of the Gitenstein chairs before me and making an impact in the field that will be felt by the Touro Law community and beyond.”

Prior to joining the Touro Law Center faculty in 2009, Professor Foley was a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law. Previously, she was a partner at the law firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focused on health law, complex litigation, appellate litigation, and environmental litigation. Professor Foley graduated from the New York University School of Law. 

Professor Foley serves on a number of boards of professional and non-profit organizations. She is the Secretary to the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of New York Chapter Board. She is a Steering Committee Member of the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project. Professor Foley has recently been appointed to a leadership position in the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section as Vice-Chair of Publication Book Editorial Board for the 2015-2016 Bar Year.


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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. 

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