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Dean Raful to Step Down as Dean, Join Faculty Full Time in June 2012

July 6, 2011

Central Islip, NY – Dean Lawrence Raful has announced that he will step down as Dean of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center on June 30, 2012 and join the faculty as a full time professor. A search committee will be appointed and a national search conducted to secure his replacement.

Dean Raful said, “We will begin a national search very shortly, and I look forward to working with a search committee which includes faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the Law Center. I believe we have adequate time to conduct a national search and find the next leader of Touro Law. This leader will continue to build on the law school’s strong foundation of providing an excellent education while enhancing and promoting faculty research and scholarship.”

Raful was appointed Dean of Touro Law Center in 2004. Prior, he was the Dean of Creighton Law School since 1988. Raful, who studies and teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility, plans to expand the class offerings currently available at Touro Law in this area and provide continuing legal education classes for lawyers about new ethics rules recently adapted in New York State.

“Serving as Dean of this law school is indeed an honor and a privilege,” said Raful. “I am proud of the faculty, students and alumni – all of whom I will continue to work with in the future.”


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.

Touro is a system of Jewish-sponsored 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 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, are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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