Touro Law Student Appointed in Leadership Role for the National Black Law Students Association

April 28, 2016

Touro Law 1L student Rebekah Gordon has been named National Director of Membership for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) for 2016-2017 academic year. In this position, Ms. Gordon will work to reactivate inactive chapters and establish contact at law schools that do not have NBLSA chapters as well as distribute information about the membership process and compile statistics about approximately 200 chapters to make them available for the National Executive Board.

Dean Patricia Salkin stated, “Rebekah is a smart, responsible and active student who has already demonstrated that she has a bright future in our profession.”  

During the 2015-16 academic year, Gordon served as a 1L Student Bar Association evening student representative, 1L Black Law Student Association (BLSA) representative, and a BARBRI student representative. She also attained certification by LexisNexis in professional research. Additionally, she was the recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in the Study of Criminal Law and the recipient of a merit-based scholarship. This coming year she has already been elected to serve as the Evening Vice President of Touro Law’s BLSA.

Regarding her reason to attend law school and her motivation, Rebekah stated, “I own my own business specializing in strategic marketing, brand management, and business development. Working in the field for some time, I know that there are too many people who are not knowledgeable of their rights, or the laws applicable to their specific industry, or they cannot afford legal representation. I pursued a law degree for this reason. I knew that my skill in marketing and brand management tied with knowledge of the law would be the answer for many people looking to progress efficiently. It is my mission to satisfy those needs, and to build a cohort of fellow lawyers and entrepreneurs with the passion and purpose to do the same.” 

Rebekah intends to use her platform as the National Director of Membership of NBLSA to continue serving her colleagues and community, and to promote social justice and equality. 

“She will certainly be a great leader with the National Black Law Students Association. We are proud of her appointment and all of her accomplishments,” stated Dean Salkin.

The National Black Law Students Association is one of the nation's largest student-run organizations of its kind, representing thousands of minority law students from more than 200 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States and other countries.

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 
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