Goods & Services Auction Raises More Than $53,000 for Public Interest Fellowships, Honors Nine Public Interest Attorneys

March 31, 2011

Central Islip, NY – Touro Law Center’s 17th Annual Goods and Services auction, held on March 16th at the law school, raised more than $53,000. All proceeds from the auction benefit Touro Law’s Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, awarding stipends to students who are dedicated to helping others through public service work during the summer. In addition, nine attorneys were honored for their dedication to public interest and pro bono work through the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Recognition Program, led by auction co-chair Lois Schlissel, Esq., managing partner of Meyer, Suozzi, English, Klein, P.C.

“This auction is a great example of Touro Law’s commitment to public service,” said Peter Davis, Co-Chair of the Auction Committee and Professor of Law. “And, the attorney’s honored at this year’s event, who have made a commitment to public service, provide an excellent example to law students. We owe a debt of thanks to the donors and attendees who helped make this year’s auction such a resounding success.”

As a result of this year’s auction, Touro Law will be able to award more than 13 Summer Public Interest Law Fellowships. And, due to the generosity of additional foundation and individual supporters, approximately 18 additional students will receive fellowships as well. The evening included both a silent and a live auction. Items for the auction are generously donated by local businesses, organizations, individuals, alumni and committee members.

The public interest attorneys of the year honored at this year’s auction were:
Daniel J. Baker, Esq. ’92, Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC
Deanne M. Braveman, Esq., Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
Timothy J. Byrnes, Esq. ’06, Bianco, Byrnes & Finkel, LLP
Gerard Fishberg, Esq., Cullen and Dykman LLP
John P. McEntee, Esq., Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Stacey Ramis Nigro, Esq. ’02, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP
Richard G. Satin, Esq., Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Adam E. Small, Esq., Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Roger Williams, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility 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 model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

Touro is a system of Jewish-sponsored non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was established in 1971 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community. More than 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles, are separately accredited institutions governed in common by the same Board of Trustees as Touro College.
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