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Judge Sol Wachtler Named Distinguished Adjunct Professor

July 26, 2012

Dean Lawrence Raful is pleased to announce that Judge Sol Wachtler has been named the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment.

“Judge Wachtler has made significant contributions to Touro Law,” said Dean Raful. “He has had a positive impact on our students, our curriculum and our community. We are proud he is part of the Touro Law family and I am glad to be able to honor him in this way.”

Judge Wachtler joined Touro Law in 1996. He is an outstanding teacher in the First Amendment Seminar, he is a distinguished member of the Board of Governors and is dedicated to student success. He has collaborated on several international CLE programs and played an integral role in revising the law school’s curriculum to infuse more hands-on learning opportunities and take advantage of the synergies of both the State and Federal Courthouses located across the street when the law school moved to Central Islip in 2007.

Sol Wachtler began his government career in 1963, when he was elected supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead. He was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court in 1968 and elected to the New York State Court of Appeals in 1972. In 1985, he was appointed Chief Judge of the State of New York and the Court of Appeals, positions in which he served until 1993.

“Touro Law is a special place. I believe in the Touro Law community as well as its strong educational program.” said Sol Wachtler. “I am truly honored by this new title and am so glad to be a part of this outstanding community.”


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.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 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 and Touro University Worldwide as separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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