Touro Law Hosting Program for Attorneys Who Want to Teach

September 24, 2015

Touro Law Center will host a seminar on Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm titled, “So You Think You Want to Be a Law Professor.” The event is co-sponsored by the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association (LIHBA) and Amistad - the Long Island Black Bar Association.

“Having a diverse faculty with varied professional experience is important to law schools and law students,” said Dean Salkin. “Today, many people who enter full-time law teaching come from a small number of schools who offer advanced preparation for these individuals to enter the job market with the advantage of the time to develop scholarship and scholarly agendas that are appealing to law faculty.  This program is designed to level the playing field somewhat for people who may make great and inspiring classroom teachers but have not thought about how to prepare to enter a very different job market,”  explained Salkin.  “Through this program, Touro Law hopes to encourage practicing lawyers who have been thinking about teaching to pursue the path and inspire others who may not have thought about the idea as a realistic option for them.” 

Panelists for the discussion include: Fabio Arcila, Jr., Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Professor of Law; Frederick K. Brewington, founding partner at the Law Offices of Frederick K Brewington; Deseriee Kennedy, Professor of Law; and Deborah Post, Professor of Law. The program will be moderated by Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin.  

“This is a unique and innovative program which we are proud to sponsor and share with our membership through which some may be inspired to pursue and thus contribute to the diversification of law school academia.” Frank Torres, LIHBA President.

Cherice P. Vanderhall, President of Amistad stated, “"Law professors are often a lawyer's first mentor in the profession. They set the stage for how we practice, they help to develop that creative and empathic way of thinking necessary to be successful in representing a client's interest, and lastly, they introduce us to the importance of bar associations and affinity groups.  My mentor in law school, Prof. Emeritus Beverly McQueary-Smith was President of the National Bar Association from 1998-1999 and a founding member of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association."

The event is free of charge and open to attorneys who wish to learn more about this career path. The event will also be streamed live at www.youtube.com/user/tourolawcenter/live. To RSVP, please email events@tourolaw.edu.

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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/.

For more info contact:
Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

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