Touro Appoints New Dean for Law Center

June 18, 2019

Elena B. Langan was appointed dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College and University President Dr. Alan Kadish announced today. Dean Langan is the Law Center’s seventh dean and she will assume her new role on August 1, 2019.
“Dean Langan brings an impressive record of academic leadership experience to Touro Law Center that is student-focused, strategic and engaging of all constituencies,” said President Kadish.   
Langan is currently the Dean of Concordia Law School in Boise, Idaho where she significantly enhanced the reputation of the law school by creating the 5th and Front Program, described as a place where law and social justice meet in service to the community. She has strategically designed and developed several innovative JD and non-JD programs.  
“I am honored to be selected to serve as the next dean of Touro Law Center,” said Langan. “It is exciting to join a school with such a strong commitment to providing a quality legal education that allows students to develop effective, practical lawyering skills while providing pro bono legal services to underserved populations.  I am looking forward to working together with the law school’s dedicated and talented faculty, staff, students, and supporters and becoming a part of the vibrant Long Island community.”
Prior to her current position, Langan served as Interim Dean of Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There, she was also the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the first year lawyering skills and values program.  At Nova, she served on numerous task forces and committees including the Bar Pass Task Force and the professionalism curriculum committee. She was responsible for curricular and assessment changes consistent with student learning outcomes and bar passage. As Interim Dean, she led the effort to more than double enrollment in online non-JD masters programs, increased opportunities for student experiential learning by expanding clinical offerings and led successful fundraising efforts to support student scholarships and law school programs.
Prior to entering academia, Dean Langan practiced law in Maryland and in Florida.  Her scholarship focuses on law school pedagogy and law school admissions, as well as family law.  Dean Langan has been active in the American Association of Law Schools, the Inns of Court and state and national bar associations. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law.  

“I am excited to welcome Dean Langan to the Touro Law Center community and look forward to her guiding our Law Center,” said Provost Patricia Salkin. “Dean Langan has the vision, experience and leadership style that will continue to build upon Touro Law Center’s mission. Her ability to engage both students and external stakeholders will enable the school to reach new heights benefitting students, alumni and the community at large,” Salkin continued. 
Touro College and University System thanks previous Dean Harry Ballan for his leadership and stewardship of the Law Center.

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. 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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