Professor Joan Foley Named Vice President of the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of NY Chapter

Touro Law Student Julia Castore Named Law Student Honorary Member

September 11, 2015

Joan Foley, Touro Law Center’s Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Professor of Health Law & Policy, has been elected as the Vice-President of the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of New York Chapter Board by the membership. Additionally, third year student Julia Castore has been named the law student honorary member to the Board. 

“The faculty and students of Touro Law Center have always been active in service to the bar. We are proud that Professor Foley has stepped up to this important leadership role in the Federal Bar Association, contributing to advancements in the profession,” stated Dean Salkin. “Julia Castore is a proven student leader at Touro Law. This appointment is well-deserved and we know she will make the most of the opportunity.”

The Federal Bar Association represents the Federal legal profession. The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. Members run the gamut of federal practice: attorneys practicing in small to large legal firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and members of the judiciary. The FBA is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors. It consists of more than 16,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary. The FBA also provides opportunities for scholarship and for judges and lawyers to professionally and socially interact.

Professor Foley received her legal education at the New York University School of Law, graduating in 1995. After law school, she joined the firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP. From 2000 through 2006, Professor Foley was a partner of that firm in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focused on health law, complex litigation, appellate litigation, and environmental litigation. Professor Foley represented clients in a wide range of cases, including reimbursement litigation, product liability, toxic tort, breach of contract, and class actions. She also was a volunteer attorney with the Northwest Justice Project. 

Throughout her legal career, Professor Foley has served on a number of boards of professional and non-profit organizations. Professor Foley is a Steering Committee Member of the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project. Professor Foley's distinctions include being recognized in Law & Politics Magazine as a "Rising Star of Washington Law" and being named a Chapter Member of the Year by Washington Women Lawyers.

Julia Castore plans to practice Animal Law after graduating from Touro Law. She currently works at the Murray Law Group, gaining hands-on experience with cases and clients in the field. She is President of the student chapter of the FBA on camopus, following her role as treasurer last year which marked the organization’s inaugural year on campus. She states, “The best part of law school for me has been the change I've seen in myself. You definitely become a stronger person and you really learn and solidify who you are as a person.”


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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