Touro Law Brings the Classroom to the Law Firm

September 24, 2015

Touro Law Center has launched a new initiative to serve members of the bar through a traveling CLE Program. This program, which in phase one includes three separate courses offered by three distinguished members of the faculty, has been well received by the Long Island legal community. Additional courses are being planned and more faculty have signed up to teach lawyers at their workplaces. The courses are being offered at no charge to Long Island law firms.

Dean Patricia Salkin stated, “One of Touro Law’s greatest assets is our incredible faculty, and we are pleased to be an integral part of continuing legal education programs in our regions through this innovative traveling CLE series where our faculty bring a snapshot of their classrooms to the law firms.” 

The first three courses are: New York Practice Update taught by Patrick Connors, Visiting Scholar in Residence; The Future is Here – More for Less with Technology-Leveraged Legal Service Delivery with Jack Graves, Professor of Law and Director of Digital Legal Education; and 2015 New York State Ethics Update with Professor Lawrence Raful.

Professor Patrick M. Connors is Visiting Scholar in Residence at Touro Law and is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School where he teaches New York Practice, Legal Ethics, and a seminar in Professional Responsibility. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law where he taught Professional Responsibility from 1991 to 1999. Professor Connors served as a personal law clerk to Judge Richard D. Simons of the New York Court of Appeals until 1991. From 1991 until May of 2000 he was an associate and then member of the litigation department at Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, in Syracuse, New York. Commencing with the January 2013 supplement, Professor Connors became the author for Siegel, New York Practice (5th ed.). In addition, he is the author of the McKinney’s Practice Commentaries for CPLR Article 22, Stay, Motions, Orders and Mandates, Article 23, Subpoenas, Oaths and Affirmations, Article 30, Remedies and Pleading, and Article 31, Disclosure. He is also the author of the New York Practice column and the annual Court of Appeals Roundup on New York Civil Practice, which are published in the New York Law Journal. 

Professor Jack Graves is the Director of Digital Legal Education at Touro Law Center. He has taught at the University of Colorado School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Syracuse and Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire). At Touro, Professor Graves leads the Law Center’s innovative moves into Digital Legal Education. 

Professor Larry Raful served as Dean of Touro Law Center from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that he was the Dean of Creighton Law School.  He also taught at  University of Southern California (USC) Law Center in Los Angeles.  Dean Raful is a popular professor and lecturer on Professional Responsibility.  

Touro Law Center is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. The Department of Continuing Legal Education offers CLE programs throughout the year on substantive law topics, skills, practice management and ethics in live lecture/workshop, audiotape and videotape formats for transitional and veteran attorneys. Law firms interested in these or other CLEs offered at their firm should contact Kimberly Nicolich, Coordinator of CLE Programs at (631) 761-7064.

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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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