Unemployment Action Center Sees Success at Touro Law

September 26, 2019

Touro Law Center is pleased to announce that once again it is operating a chapter of the Unemployment Action Center (UAC) this year. The UAC is a student-run, non-profit organization assisting New York residents in preparing unemployment benefit claims. Through the Center, Touro Law students are specially trained as unemployment insurance hearing advocates to represent Suffolk County residents in unemployment insurance hearings before Long Island Department of Labor offices, located in both Hauppauge and Garden City, New York. Touro Law is the only UAC provider in Suffolk County representing claimants without charge.

“This program provides an opportunity for students to gain experience advocating for clients while serving members of the community in need,” stated Dean Elena Langan. “These cases have a meaningful impact on both the clients and the students involved.”

Touro’s chapter is being headed by two alumni volunteers Michael Birkmier ’13 and Robert Jacovetti ’06, under the supervision of Thomas Maligno, Director of ProBono and Public Service at Touro Law. Third year student Lauren Johnson is serving as a student leader for the group, arranging trainings and recruiting fellow students to serve as advocates. 

Thomas Maligno stated, “Our students and alumni volunteers are dedicated to helping their clients and work hard to win them the insurance they deserve. Since we began offering this service Touro Law students have won hundreds of cases. This year the students have already won five cases for clients and we are looking forward to successfully advocating for many more clients throughout the remainder of the year.”

Clients are referred to Touro Law through the UAC main chapter in NYC. For additional information, please contact https://uacny.org/.

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 JD 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: http://www.touro.edu/news/.

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