Queens Congressman Joseph Crowley to be Touro Law Center Commencement Speaker, Will Receive Honorary Degree

May 15, 2017

Touro Law Center’s 2017 Commencement speaker is the Hon. Joseph Crowley, U.S. Representative, 14th District of New York and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Touro Law’s 2017 Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 21 at noon at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, Long Island, NY. Representative Crowley will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

This year’s ceremony will honor 162 J.D. candidates, including 27 who completed their degree requirements in December 2016 as well as 5 graduates from the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program, 3 of whom completed their studies in December 2016.  

Dean Harry Ballan stated, “It’s a privilege to honor Representative Joe Crowley for his many years of distinguished public service.”

Congressman Crowley is a native of Woodside, Queens and a lifelong New Yorker, his dad a city cop and his mom an immigrant from County Armagh, Ireland. He has served the people of the Bronx and Queens with distinction for more than three decades. Before being elected to Congress in 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, ran a successful small business for nearly 10 years and represented the 30th Assembly District in the New York State Legislature for another 10.  In December 2016, he was elected as Chair of the Democratic Caucus, the fourth-highest ranking position in House Democratic Leadership. 

A member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Crowley’s achievements include the Crime Stoppers program, which has provided millions in federal funding to local neighborhoods for graffiti clean-up, after-school programming and civic patrol efforts; the Urban Area Security Initiative, which targets homeland security funding to at-risk urban centers, resulting in more than $950 million to make airports, train stations and ports safer; and the landmark James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides 9/11 first responders with health monitoring and care.

The National Journal magazine named him “a rising star,” and The New York Times has noted that his peers consider him to be a “hard working representative” who is “an impassioned advocate for his district.”


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law 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 experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3, 4 or 5 years and provides four areas of concentration. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates, including a new online LL.M. in Aging & Longevity Law. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

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 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, 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/.

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