Touro Sponsors Civic Education Programs for New York Students and Teachers

October 4, 2018

Touro Law Center Dean Harry Ballan announced that the law school will sponsor an educational initiative with Project PATCH, the civic education program of the Northport – East Northport Union Free School District, designed to promote civic and law-related education for K-12 students. The program will provide training for K-12 teachers throughout the state, presentations and information sessions at statewide teaching conferences as well as educational programs and mock trial competitions for students.

“We are delighted to be the sponsor of this program and to join in enriching civic education for schools in New York,” stated Dean Ballan. “Project PATCH has been a nationally recognized leader in civic education for over 40 years. It is a privilege to continue in this tradition.”

David Scott stated, “I needed an organization to step up for civic education and I am so glad my alma mater is the school that pledged to do it. I am thankful to Dean Ballan for recognizing the value in these programs and for his willingness to work together on behalf of teachers and students.”

The partnership will be coordinated by David Scott. Scott is a licensed attorney, a Touro Law graduate, and Social Studies teacher at Northport High School, NY. He is the Coordinator of Project PATCH, the Northport - East Northport School District’s K-12 Law and Civic Education Program. He is a past recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award for an Educator and recipient of the ALA National Law-Related High School Teacher of the Year Award. He is an instructor at Stony Brook University in the Educational Leadership Program where he teaches School Law. He served as a curriculum developer for iCivics. At Northport High School he teaches American Law, advises the Mock Trial team, and leads a districtwide community service project. He serves as the Long Island Regional Coordinator for the We the People Program. Scott was recognized in 2014 by the New York State Council for the Social Studies with the Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award. Scott received the Federal Bar Association’s 2017 Excellence in Civic Education Award.  

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 6,500, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime Program combining online and on campus learning. 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:

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