Touro Law Receives Grant from the Berg Foundation

Grant Money to Fund Public Interest Fellowships

March 19, 2015

Touro Law Center is the recipient of a grant from the David A. Berg Foundation, Dean Patricia Salkin announced today. The grant, in the amount of $48,000, will be used to fund David Berg Public Interest Fellows for the summer of 2015.

“Touro Law Center is grateful to the David Berg Foundation for their continued support of critically important public interest and career development work by our students in the summer months.  The David Berg Fellowships are awarded on a highly competitive basis and are among the most prestigious student summer opportunities,” stated Dean Salkin. “The Berg Foundation has funded nearly 100 fellows at Touro Law Center over the last eight years, enabling students to hone their lawyering skills while providing legal assistance to those in need - yet another example of how our students do well when they do good.”

Students selected for the prestigious Berg Fellowships fulfill their pro bono requirements through Touro Law’s Public Advocacy Center and receive special opportunities throughout the academic year, allowing them to participate in certain conferences and seminars, providing unique opportunities for interaction with practitioners and academics.

Berg Fellows have worked in numerous government and public interest agencies, working with prosecutors and legislative offices and in the public interest sector. They have engaged a variety of legal work including helping to take clients out of homelessness, women and children from domestic violence, stop foreclosures, ensure children get an appropriate education, help seniors and the disabled get benefits, assist immigrants, advocate on behalf of people needing health care and assist citizens fighting for civil rights.

The David Berg Foundation was established in New York by David Berg in 1994. Mr. Berg was a lawyer and real estate investor. He graduated from Harvard Law School. The David Berg Foundation funds community legal services, public interest law projects, human rights anti-Semitism issues, law schools, Museums and Jewish history projects in Israel and in the U.S.


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art law school 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 650 and an alumni base of more than 6,000, 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 Law’s newly implemented Portals to Practice is a cutting-edge, experiential learning program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation. 

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. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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