Our Staff

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.
Peter Ausili
Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development
(631) 761-7031
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.

Marianne Candito, Esq.
Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

Marianne Candito spent over two decades in private practice. Her firm represented numerous municipalities and insurance companies handling defense work in the five boroughs of New York City and in Suffolk County. She also handled real estate transaction and small estates by working one-on-one with literally thousands of individual clients over the course of many years. She acted as Court-appointed Referee for the Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan, Honorable James F. Quinn and the Honorable Douglas McKeon.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Candito worked in New York City handling insurance defense work for two separate private firms. She obtained skills in all phases of litigation from inception to trial and appeals. She is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and was an associate editor of the Hofstra Law Review. She received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in Political Science at the University of Maryland and served as an intern in the United States Senate for the Honorable Claiborne Pell.

Natasha Dasani
Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development
(631) 761-7032
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
Director of Employer Relations
(631) 761-7035
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
Administrative Assistant
(631) 761-7036
Claudia Morett has been with Touro Law Center since 2000, and manages all on-campus interview programs and job listings.