Change of Command at Touro Law Center Vets ClinicJuly 26, 2016
Rosanne Trabocchi, a 23-year veteran U.S. Coast Guard JAG officer, and Sarah Fetherston, who went to law school after service in the U.S. Air Force, including a stint as a pilot, will be the new leaders of the Touro Law Center Veterans Clinic, Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin has announced. They will replace Ken Rosenblum, who retired in June 2016 after 25 years at the school. Rosenblum, a former U.S. Army JAG officer who served a tour in Vietnam, revived the clinic in 2013.
“Our Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic serves many in the community and provides hands-on learning opportunities for our students,” stated Dean Salkin. “I look forward to Professors Trabocchi and Fetherston providing leadership for our clinic and continuing to find new ways to have law students provide much needed legal assistance to our veterans.”
Since 2013, the Touro Law Center Veterans’ Clinic has focused primarily on representing homeless, sheltered and at-risk veterans, with a view to removing barriers to their reintegration into the community, in areas such as landlord-tenant, debt relief, bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, driver’s license restoration/traffic tickets, child support modification, federal and state income tax problems, and discharge upgrade applications.
Trabocchi, of Mount Sinai, retired from the Coast Guard in 2012 with the rank of Captain. Her assignments included Chief of the service’s Office of Claims and Litigation in Washington, DC, and as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Hearing Office, the unit responsible for the adjudication of violations of Coast Guard laws and regulations by recreational and commercial mariners, marine facilities and maritime transporters. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Suffolk Community College, a B.B.A. from Dowling College, an MBA in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her J.D. from Washburn School of Law.
Fetherston, of St. James, graduated from Georgetown, then served four years as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant, where she was a public affairs officer and fighter squadron adjutant before completing multi-engine jet pilot training. After leaving the service, she graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School, then clerked for a U.S. Magistrate Judge and worked as an environmental litigator.
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