William Randolph Hearst
Public Advocacy Center (PAC)
Touro Law Center is home to the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center. The only one of its kind in the nation, the Center was developed to have an impact on social justice, legal training and the lives of countless individuals in and beyond the local community.
Housed within the law school, the Center provides furnished offices to local non-profit agencies in exchange for one thing: a promise to use Touro Law students for advocacy services, research work and client relations. Students work with these organizations to satisfy their pro bono requirements
while developing an understanding of the problems facing the local community. Due to the overwhelming response for the PAC, we have also created affiliate members. These members enjoy many of the same benefits of the PAC and are an important part of our community, but are not housed within the law school. Currently, there are approximately 20 affiliate members.
For additional information, contact Thomas Maligno, Executive Director of the Public Advocacy Center and Director of Public Interest at Touro Law Center via email or by phone at (631) 761-7033 or Cathy Cembrale, Administrative Assistant (631) 761-7057.
PUBLIC ADVOCACY CENTER MEMBER AGENCIES
Breaking Barriers is a student-run project, based in the PAC, dedicated to removing barriers to employment by helping people correct errors on their RAP (Record of Arrests and Prosecutions) sheets and obtain Certificates of Relief from Civil Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct, court documents that remove any automatic statutory disqualification from jobs or licenses. The program is co=sponsored by the Suffolk County Legal Aid Society.
Brighter Tomorrows is committed to listening, believing & helping victims of domestic violence. Founded in 1986, Brighter Tomorrows, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) human service agency dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence. The agency serves victims from Suffolk and Nassau counties as well as New York City and the Tri-State area. We provide shelter, counseling and legal advocacy
The Center for Restorative Practices, Inc. (Hope for Youth)
PA Room 206
Dr. David J. Hegarty, Executive Director
The Center for Restorative Practices, Inc. has a central mission to break the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” and reduce Disproportionate Minority representation in the juvenile justice system. They are advocates, advisors, and trainers in Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices and Non-violent Communication. These approaches and skills constitute effective viable alternatives to: incarceration, residential placement, school suspensions and expulsions.
Empire Justice Center
Room: PA216, 218, 222, CL119
Don Friedman, Esq., Managing Attorney
- (631) 650-2316Linda Hassberg, Esq
., Senior Attorney
- (631) 650-2305Cheryl Keshner
, Paralegal / Community Advocate
- (631) 650-2317Maria T. DeGennaro, Esq
., Regional Coordinator, Homeownership Protection Program (HOPP), (631) 650-2319Michelle Caldera-Kopf
, Senior Attorney & Project Manager, (631) 650-2320
The Empire Justice Center is the only statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy non-profit law firm focused on changing the "systems" within which poor and low-income families live. With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse and provides litigation backup to local legal services programs and community-based organizations.
In case of an emergency call Jennifer Hernandez at (631) 880-1125.
Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island Inc. (ECLI) is a not for profit human service agency comprised of social workers, mental health counselors and advocates. Our mission at ECLI is to create safer communities by empowering youth and families to break the cycle of violence, poverty and oppression through crisis intervention, advocacy and transition to independence. ECLI engages the whole person and the complexity of their experiences that builds a community of support to foster healing and lasting change.
ECLI works with Touro Law students in collaboration with Suffolk County Legal Aid Society (SCLAS) to maximize the benefits of our program, as well as providing students with a well-rounded understanding of the legal system.
LatinoJustice has been engaging in increasing civil rights work in Long Island over the past decade as the Latino community has grown significantly during that time, and is in increasing need of legal services.
Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC)
Eilleen C. Buckley, Esq., Attorney
Long Island Advocacy Center provides information and referral, individual/case advocacy, and represents the legal rights of students attending Public School. In addition, Long Island Advocacy Center provides service coordination and vocational advocacy for adults with disabilities. Through mediation, negotiation and representation the Long Island Advocacy Center ensures students and individuals with disabilities receive all the services to which they are entitled under law.
Initiated in 1969, Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) is a HUD-approved counseling agency and LI’s only HUD qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organization. The mission of Long Island Housing Services is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education. The agency promotes racial and economic integration and equal housing opportunities through direct client services, special projects and collaborative efforts with other non-profits and government enforcement agencies.
Activities include counseling, investigation of discrimination in rentals, sales, lending and insurance, including testing, education and facilitating Fair Housing enforcement under federal, state and local laws, helping to educate and alert the public to avoid and report mortgage rescue scams; Tenant’s Rights Counseling geared to improving habitability, treatment, provide referrals and information about resources for various related issues and pre/post Homeownership Counseling. LIHS offers top quality counseling and free legal services for Foreclosure Prevention. Bilingual, Spanish fluent staff is available.
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
Vivian Storm, Attorney
Ra'anaa Samad, Coordinator, Community Legal Help Project
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
(631) 232-2400, ext. 3309
(Fax): (631) 232-2489
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based poverty law program which provides legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) matters to low-income individuals throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York. The program provides free legal service in thousands of cases each year as well as legal support to every church, agency and grassroots organization that works with the poor.
The Suffolk Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union is dedicated to the protection of civil liberties as embodied in the Bill of Rights. Its mission is to protect the constitutional rights of the people it serves through advocacy and involvement in the legislative process and to educate the community about civil liberties issues.
New York State Defenders Association, Veterans Defense Program
CL109, CL111Blair Hill
, Esq. Staff AttorneyBarbara Lombardi
, Asst. Program Coordinator
(631) 650-2311Melissa Greenberger,
Judy Siegel, Staff Attorney
Stephanie Speranza, Administrative Assistant
Pro Bono Partnership provides free transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations on Long Island and in other suburban New York counties as well as Connecticut and New Jersey.
An agency or organization becomes a PAC affiliate by asking for membership. They then have to participate in our quarterly meetings, our PAC list serve, The Touro Law Public Interest Job Fair and include Touro Law students in their work. The students can work for academic credit , probono credit or be paid by Touro Law or the agency. The following agencies have complied with these rules over the past few years:
- Catholic Charities
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
- Central Islip Civic Council
- Children's Defense Fund
- Episcopal Community Services
- ERASE Racism
- Every Child Matters - Long Island
- Fund for Modern Courts
- Hope For Youth
- La Fuente
- Law Help New York
- League of Women Voters
- Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County
- Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County (Children's Law Bureau)
- Literacy First
- Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition
- Long Island Civic Engagement Table
- Long Island Gay And Lesbian Center
- Long Island Progressive Coalition
- Long Island Wins
- Mental Hygiene Legal Service, 2nd Department
- Long Island Immigration Alliance
- Long Island Minority Aids Coalition
- Long Island Progressive Coalition
- Long Island Think Tank For Black Progress
- Make The Road New York
- Mercy Advocates Program
- Nassau Bar Foreclosure Project
- Nassau/Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless
- National Coalition for Jewish Legislators
- New Hour for Women & Children - LI
- Planned Parenthood
- Prison Families Anonymous
- The Retreat
- Sepa Mujer
- Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS)
- Vision Long Island
- Workplace Project