The staff of the Office of Career & Professional Development is dedicated to providing students and alumni with a complete one-stop resource for their career-related questions and issues. Our staff is well trained to respond to the complex and difficult career questions that regularly face students and alumni.
Assistant Dean Peter Ausili spent over 25 years as a law clerk to the late Senior United States District Judge Leonard D. Wexler, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, he assisted Judge Wexler in managing the Alfonse M. D’Amato United States Courthouse in Central Islip, the second largest federal courthouse in the nation. He also assisted Judge Wexler in handling thousands of pretrial matters and hundreds of trials in civil and criminal actions. He worked with Judge Wexler on some of Long Island’s major federal cases of the past quarter century, including high-profile criminal cases involving senior officials of Symbol Technologies, former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, and former Town of Oyster Bay Planning Commissioner Frederick Ippolito.
Dean Ausili was a litigation associate at two prestigious New York City law firms: Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. His practice included primarily commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense matters.
Dean Ausili is a member of the Eastern District of New York’s Litigation Advisory Committee. He is a former director of the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA) and former chairperson of the SCBA’s Federal Courts and Labor & Employment Law committees, as well as a member and/or officer of other legal, professional, and community organizations. He has written and lectured widely on federal practice and procedure and various other topics.
Dean Ausili graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the law review. He has served as a member of the Law Center’s adjunct faculty since 2009, teaching Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Pretrial Litigation.
Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development
Ms. Baptiste received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University, her Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University and her Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2015. While a law student, Ms. Baptiste was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and received a Best Oralist Award for the National Child Welfare & Adoption Law Moot Court Competition, and she served as a judicial intern for Nassau County Courts.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Baptiste worked for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the legal, education, insurance and journalism fields.
After law school, Ms. Baptiste became an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department and served as a mentor for Legal Outreach.
Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development
Natasha Dasani joined our staff in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Psychology and Sociology from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Dasani was a Notes and Articles editor on the Fordham Law Review and interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Housing Court Project. She was also an active member of the Board of Student Advisors and the Latin American Law Students Association.
After law school, Ms. Dasani became an Account Executive with LexisNexis in the Law Schools division and worked with a number of law schools in New York, including Touro Law Center, for over six years. While with LexisNexis, she regularly worked with students and alumni to develop job search and interview preparation strategies and presented at workshops and a conducted a CLE on topics such as career resources on LexisNexis and cost-effective legal research. Ms. Dasani is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and she was recognized by the Nassau County Bar Association for her pro bono work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in 2014.
Margarett Williams, who joined our staff in 2007, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Adelphi University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center. While a student, she served as President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and was recognized for excellence in trial practice and her contributions to the quality of student life.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Williams spent almost 17 years in corporate Human Resources and Training in a $1.5 billion corporation. During that time, she obtained certification in Human Resource Management from Cornell University. She practiced employment law after graduation, but quickly began pursuing her interest in family law. Shortly thereafter, she practiced matrimonial and family law at Winkler, Kurtz, Winkler & Kuhn, an AV-rated law firm in Port Jefferson Station, New York. Ms. Williams has given presentations about resumes and provided counsel on job searches at the Association for the Bar of the City of New York. She has been also been recognized for her pro bono work by the New York State Bar and Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation.
Claudia Morett has been with Touro Law Center since 2000, and manages all on-campus interview programs and job listings.