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.

  • Committee member, New York State Bar, Committee on Veterans
  • Committee member, American Bar Association, Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits and Services
  • Advisor, Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
  • Co-Chair, Suffolk County Bar Association, Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium

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


Patrick Donohue is the recipient of a summer fellowship to work with the Veterans and Servicemembers’ Rights’ Clinic.  He is a student at Touro Law Center pursuing his J.D. degree. Prior to attending Touro Law Center, Mr. Donohue was a landscaper, stockbroker and Army Soldier. He was active duty in the US Army and deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-2011 with the 101st Airborne. Upon returning to civilian life, Mr. Donohue created Project9line to help Veterans reintegrate to civilian life through arts and wellness-based programs. Project9line is located in Islip and offers free Veterans programs most days.  Mr. Donohue has a his bachelor’s degree and an MBA, which he will combine with his legal training to further assist Veterans and their legal issues.

A US Army Veteran, Patrick Neferis deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 1st Armored Division, First Brigade Combat Team, based out of Friedberg, Germany in 2003-2004. Upon his return, he was employed with Amtrak from 2009-2016 as a Project Manager for all the construction projects within New York’s Northeast Corridor. Patrick holds degrees in Business Management and Communications. As Vice-President of Touro’s Veterans Student Law Organization and a member of Touro’s Veteran’s Clinic, Mr. Neferis hopes to apply his experiences and effort towards helping Veterans in legal need.


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.

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