Builders Award Recipients
Lynne Adair Kramer, Esq.
Director, Court Observation Program, Faculty Advisor to Trial Advocacy Practice Society (TAPS) and Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Lynne Adair Kramer regularly teaches courses at Touro Law in Interviewing, Negotiating, and Counseling, Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Practice and Law Practice Management, and serves as the faculty
supervisor of trial teams. She is also the Director of the Court Observation Program. Kramer was one of the authors of Touro Law’s Solo Small Practice concentration and is teaching an innovative course designed to give the aspiring practitioner a comfort level with a variety of matters that a new practitioner is likely to handle. She currently serves on the Attorneys for Children Advisory Committee for the Tenth Judicial Department, Suffolk County.
Kramer is an AV rated attorney and Super Lawyer with over 35 years of practice experience. She founded her own firm in 1979 and grew it from a solo practice to a firm employing 15 people that she owned and
operated until 2006. Kramer has been very active in a variety of professional organizations rising to become the second female president of the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA). She is a past-chair of numerous committees of the SCBA including the prestigious bench bar committee, and is currently
the chair of the bar association’s scholarship committee and a member of the Board of Managers of the Suffolk County Bar Association Charitable Foundation. She is also a former director of the New York State Women’s Bar Association, and the past-president of the Nassau-Suffolk Women’s Bar Association for which she chaired their judicial screening committee.
Kramer’s activities have also involved service to her community. She is the immediate Past President of the Board of VIBS (Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County) and is the immediate past president of the board of the Suffolk Y JCC, where she continues to remain a member of the board.
Senior Vice President, Touro College & University System
Jeffrey M. Rosengarten is Senior Vice President of Operations of Touro College and University System a position he has held since July 6, 2015. He arrived to Touro with a distinguished career spanning four decades, managing facilities and infrastructure, as well as directing campus planning, real estate acquisitions, and capital improvements at Yeshiva University, as Vice President for Administrative Services.
At Touro, Jeff has built on his proven track record serving as the University System’s chief operations and administrative services officer at an exciting time in Touro’s history. He is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for real estate, construction, and facilities planning as well as human resources, campus security, and other auxiliary services.
One current, major project under Jeff’s direction is the move of the Touro Bay Shore Campus to the Law Center Campus in Central Islip. This project includes the construction of a new building on the current campus as well as upgrades and enhancements to the existing Touro Law Center building. This campus consolidation effort which is underway currently is planned to be completed in early 2022.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeff has provided leadership to the TCUS community on the essential steps necessary in order to reopen its schools and university facilities. He has aimed to simultaneously achieve full compliance with CDC and State regulations while ensuring that faculty, staff, and students are made to feel confident that their facility is being maintained utilizing the best health standards possible. Jeff has presented on this topic to groups of University Deans and program directors, as well as to incoming students as part of their orientation programs.
The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County
Established in 1964, The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County provides zealous, holistic criminal defense, certain family court representation, and social work assistance to eligible Suffolk County residents. As defenders, their focus centers on the well-being of clients, legal and otherwise. Through a combination of high-quality courtroom advocacy and a client-centered community approach, The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County strives to safeguard the rights of the indigent and assure equal access to justice.
Within Criminal Law, The Felony Court Bureau represents clients in pre-indictment matters, such as advice on whether to testify before a Grand Jury and pre-indictment plea bargaining. The Family Court Bureau represents clients in Family Law matters. The Children’s Law Bureau provides legal representation to children also within Family Court.
The Social Work Bureau utilizes comprehensive assessments in order to gather information about clients who come from diverse backgrounds. Social Workers then coordinate services with these community agencies and the Society’s interdisciplinary team in order to assist clients to obtain the most appropriate services. The Long Island Immigrant Defense Center, the Society’s Immigration Bureau, is one of six regional Immigration Assistance Centers funded by an innovative grant from the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services.
The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County also provides community outreach through several programs, including E.P.I.C.-Enriching, Protecting, and Improving our Communities, Breaking Barriers, and the Community Legal Help Project. E.P.I.C. provides presentations on criminal justice, police encounters, and what to know when someone is arrested. Breaking Barriers is a free program run by students at Touro Law School, supervised by practicing volunteer attorneys in conjunction with the Society that helps those who have been arrested obtain Certificates of Relief from Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct to help them ease the burden of criminal history.
The work of the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County is an invaluable resource to the community, which is evident in all of the work that they do.
Paul S. Miller Award
Jothy Narendran '96
C0-Managing Partner, Jaspan Schlesigner LLP
Jothy Narendran is Chair of the firm’s banking and financial services practice group. She represents institutional and private lenders in a variety of commercial real estate financing transactions. These include
acquisition and construction loans, equipment financing, leasehold financing, multi-lender participation/syndicated financing, real estate investment trust and interest rate swap transactions, revolving credit facilities, letters of credit, industrial development agency transactions, Section 1031 exchanges and reverse exchange loans, mezzanine and structured financing and defeasances.
Jothy has worked on a variety of properties, ranging from multifamily properties to assemblages of entire city blocks for the development of multi-use projects, including residential, retail, and office components.
She has also negotiated regulatory agreements, leases, and subordination agreements with various municipal agencies. Jothy also acts as counsel to lenders in connection with negotiating intercreditor
agreements, triparty agreements, and note sales and purchases. Jothy is a member of the firm’s management committee and Co-Managing Partner with Steven R. Schlesinger.
Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Jothy was a partner at another prominent Long Island law firm. Before that, Jothy served for eight years as the controller of G&S Investors, a real estate development firm.
Elected Official Of The Year
Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr.
Suffolk County Sheriff
Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Ed.D., is Suffolk County’s 67th Sheriff and the county’s first African American to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office. As Suffolk’s highest-ranking law enforcement official,
he is working to serve and protect the county’s 1.5 million residents through innovative programs to reduce crime and recidivism, and by implementing sound fiscal policies.
In his first year, Sheriff Toulon launched the Sandy Hook Promise School Safety Initiative. Since then, more than 22,000 students have been taught to recognize the signs of a peer in distress, especially on social media, and how to report concerning information to a trusted adult.
In October 2018, Sheriff Toulon launched a task force to study these issues, drive policy discussions, and implement solutions. Simultaneously, he greatly expanded correctional rehabilitation programming aimed to reduce recidivism and improve offenders’ desistance from crime. In just 2 years, he launched, Choose Your Path for young adults, Choose to Thrive for incarcerated women, a senior citizen program POD, and made significant improvements to the Sheriff’s Addiction Treatment Program. He also launched the nation’s first jail-based human trafficking Initiative which assesses all county inmates for signs of victimization. Programming is offered to both pre-trial and sentenced individuals and is aimed
at addressing the needs and deficits correlated with criminal activity, such as substance abuse, mental health issues, limited educational and employment skills, transportation, housing, and identification issues.
Sheriff Toulon has more than 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence.