Clinic Staff

Chad Lennon, Director

Chad Lennon was appointed Director of the Veterans and Servicemembers’ Rights’ Clinic in February 2019. He was previously an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County who was also the Prosecutor in Veterans Treatment Court for the District Court and East End Court. Previously, Director Lennon was a Criminal Defense Attorney in Maryland before taking the position at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to his role as the Director of the clinic, he serves in the Marine Corps reserves as a Major. His current billet is the Company Commander of Bravo Company. He has participated in numerous deployments and exercises around the globe and is a Purple Heart recipient.

  • Co-Chair, Suffolk County Bar Association, Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium
  • Committee member, New York State Bar, Committee on Veterans
  • Board of Directors, Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation

Craig Bruno, Staff Attorney

Craig J. Bruno has been with the Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic since April 2016. Prior to the Clinic he was the founding partner and principal of Bruno, Gerbino & Soriano, LLP., a Long Island firm, located in Melville, with more than forty attorneys. Mr. Bruno was a managing and trial attorney for all areas of defense litigation. He acted as litigation and advisory counsel for several national corporations, and handled litigation matters for numerous insurance companies and self-insured entities. Mr. Bruno’s practice also concentrated on the handling of Special Investigative Unit (SIU) claims and bodily injury actions concerning suspected fraudulent activity. Insurers regularly seek his assistance as both counsel to the company and as liaison counsel between the company and law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. Craig J. Bruno was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1982 and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1983. He is VA Accredited, and a member of various Veteran organizations.

  • Committee member Suffolk County Bar Association Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs

Judge John J. Toomey, Staff Attorney

Judge Jack Toomey was drafted into the Army in 1966. After Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he deployed to Vietnam in March, 1967. After returning from Vietnam, he became a lawyer and has been practicing since 1976. Judge Toomey was elected to the bench in 2002 and served as a District Court and County Court Judge until his retirement in 2018. During his time on the bench Judge Toomey helped to establish the Suffolk County Veterans Treatment Court, which assists justice-involved veterans who have become involved in the criminal justice system.

  • Committee member Suffolk County Bar Association Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs

Fellow

Sean Stamler is the recipient of the Federal Work-Study Program at Touro Law Center where he works in the Veterans and Servicemembers’ Rights’ Clinic. His parents are Russian Jewish immigrants who came to America where his father enlisted in the United States Navy. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology from Rider University. Mr. Stamler has worked in the clinic for the past year assisting in discharge upgrades and other veteran-based benefits. Mr. Stamler seeks to assist the veteran community of Long Island while working towards entering the Armed Services as a Judge Advocate General upon completion of his J.D. degree from Touro Law Center.


Extern

David Merlino is a rising 3L at Touro Law Center. David hopes to pursue a career in Personal Injury, specifically in Products Liability. He has developed experience in the Patent Law field as an intern at a nearby law firm and is involved in numerous organizations at the law school. Prior to his pursuit for a law degree, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, while minoring in Mathematics from Manhattan College. This led him into the teaching profession, where he taught physics, chemistry and computer programming. He taught at two different Catholic High Schools in Brooklyn, New York, one of which he is a proud alumni of. Simultaneously, David was earning a Master’s of Science in Data Mining and Predictive Analytics from Saint John's University - Queens. When David is not pursuing his career in law, he loves to spend time with friends and family. Further, he enjoys spectating and playing sports.

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