Touro Names Professor Jorge Roig Director of Neighborhood Programs

October 9, 2018

Touro Law Center Dean Harry Ballan is delighted to announce the appointment of Associate Professor of Law Jorge R. Roig as Touro’s first Director of Neighborhood Programs. In this role, Professor Roig will oversee the Law Center’s neighborhood programs including Mock Trial and Street Law afterschool programs with local high schools and middle schools and a new partnership collaborating on a statewide high school civics program as well as other initiatives.

“If you are my neighbor I have an obligation to you regardless of your background,” explained Dean Harry Ballan “Being a good neighbor means being a family among families, getting to know each person we assist, the whole lawyer seeing the whole client. The Touro family is committed to the welfare of our neighbors, their families and the people they care about.”

Professor Roig received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from University of California at Berkeley School of Law. His primary areas of teaching and research are: Constitutional Law; Internet and Technology Law; and Intellectual Property (including Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Trade Secrets, and other related state law matters). Before becoming a professor, he served as a Judicial Clerk and worked in private practice. He also served as Assistant Secretary of Justice, in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Legislative Liaison’s Office, and the Contracts and Law No. 9 Division of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice. 

Roig stated, “I am thrilled to be leading programs focused on the local community. These programs will be of immense benefit to all high school and middle school students involved. They will find new friends excited to help them to discover their potential and to flourish as human beings. We are looking to develop initiatives that will provide hands-on learning opportunities for law students while exposing them to the needs and, more importantly, the untapped strengths of our neighbors. Touro is poised to make a tangible difference in the lives of so many students. I am honored to be a part of this initiative.”

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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