Touro Law Appoints Erica Edwards-O’Neal as New Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

July 20, 2016

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin announced that Erica Edwards-O’Neal ’99 will serve as the new Director of Alumni and Donor Relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She will also remain as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Dean Salkin stated, “Erica brings a wealth of community involvement and alumni engagement to this position and as an alumna herself, she has a passion for Touro Law and a strong desire to increase alumni engagement.”

Erica Edwards O’Neal formerly served as the Senior Director of Career Services, working with both students and alumni in preparing job search materials, developing a career plan and to enhance professional development skills including effective communication and interview techniques, leadership development and professionalism. She organized and delivered programs for students throughout the academic year including interview boot camps and a special abbreviate career counseling programming for evening students.

She is also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, providing leadership and training on matters relating to valuing diversity, cultural competence, and the embedding of effective diversity and inclusion practices for the law school. Erica organizes pipeline programming with high school and college students, coordinates diversity internships and fellowships, and collaborates with affinity groups, the law school community and legal employers to promote diversity. She has also conducted research on, provided training in and presented on cultural competence and diversity related matters across the country. 

Edwards-O’Neal is an officer of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, The National Association of Law Placement Professionals, Suffolk County Women's Bar, New York City Bar’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, The National Bar Association and is a member of both the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee.  She has also served on the Boards of several organizations, including Girls Inc., Urban League/Dowling College GEARUP College Preparatory Program, and Suffolk County Community Council.  

“I look forward to not only engaging more alumni with our students and the greater Touro Law community, but I look forward to advocating for our alumni. As an alumna myself and a member of the Touro Law family for many years, I understand the value of maintaining a relationship with our alma mater and helping to make a difference in those following in our footsteps. This is a truly exciting opportunity.”

Touro Law Center alumni are an integral component of this community, and play an important role in the education and enrichment of our students. Numbering over 6,000 worldwide, Touro Law alumni proudly serve as leaders in our profession, and as mentors to our students.  

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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 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: http://www.touro.edu/news/

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

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