Dean Patricia Salkin Named Long Island BRAVA Award Winner

June 17, 2016

Touro Law Center is proud to announce that Dean Patricia Salkin has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Brava Award in the nonprofit category. The Brava Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 40 of Long Island’s top women business leaders in categories including CEOs, Executive Directors of NonProfits and C-suite executives. The year’s class collectively generates more than $10.38 billion in annual revenue and employs 8,149 individuals. The winners will be profiled in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on August 10, 2016 at the Westbury Manor.

Dean Salkin stated, “I am proud to be recognized within this elite group of female leaders on Long Island and have always been committed to advancing the status of women in the legal profession. It is truly an honor to receive this recognition and I congratulate all of this year’s outstanding winners.”

Patricia Salkin joined the Touro Law community in 2012 as Dean and Professor of Law. She is well-known and respected as a leader in legal education both regionally and nationally. Dean Salkin is credited with launching several innovative programs at Touro Law for students and graduates to ensure they are properly trained to practice law in today’s rapidly changing legal landscape. She is responsible for launching a new concentration in solo and small practice law as well as an incubator from recent graduates in response to the realities of legal practice today, where more and more attorneys are working in solo or small practice upon graduation. Dean Salkin has added institutes and centers to ensure the curriculum and learning opportunities for students correspond to employment trends in the legal marketplace. Additionally, she is responsible for raising more than $14 million in new gifts and pledges over the past four years for scholarships and programs.

Dean Salkin is co-chair of the NYS Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and she was a member of the City Bar’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. She is a past chair of the American Association of Law School’s State & Local Government Law Section, and is the author of hundreds of books, articles and columns including a recent piece in the Journal of Legal Education on incorporating best practices into the teaching of land use law. She served two terms as an appointed member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community, and are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at a high-energy awards gala that will be held in August.

“Brava winners possess the hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion,
compassion, dedication, perseverance. Each winner in this year’s class exhibits these qualities in all facets of her life, from running her business to tending to her family and donating time and resources to philanthropic initiatives,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO. “We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.” 

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 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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