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Alumni of the Month Program

Each month, Touro Law Center’s Alumni and Development Office recognizes one outstanding alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school, or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please contact Jackie Doudu-Burbridge, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at 631.761.7063 or via e-mail.



June 2012



Harold M. Somer

Harold M. Somer

Class of 1983
Harold M. Somer, P.C.

Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Harold M. Somer ’83 has been selected as the alum of the month for June 2012. Mr. Somer is a leader in his profession, is president of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Association and is an active member of the Law Center’s Alumni Council.  His accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Harold M. Somer.

 

Harold M. Somer received his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center as a member of the first graduating class in 1983 and currently serves as president of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Association and as a member of the Alumni Council.  As a member of the Alumni Council, Mr. Somer meets with current and accepted students and volunteers to help judge student competitions.  Mr. Somer has his own law office which he opened in July 2002 where he practices mainly in the area of bankruptcy law representing both debtors and creditors.  He also handles mortgage foreclosure defense matters. 

Mr. Somer has been volunteering his time with the Nassau Suffolk Law Services/Nassau County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Bankruptcy Panel since 1991.  He is also a member of the NYSBA's Committee on Volunteer Lawyers and an active participant with the Nassau County Bar Association's Mortgage Foreclosure Legal Consultation Clinic.  In addition to his contribution of time, when the bankruptcy laws changed in 2005, Mr. Somer made a donation to the Volunteer Lawyers Project of two DVD's that are presented to the clients at the clinics which explain the bankruptcy process, one in English and one in Spanish.  He provides hours of pro bono bankrputcy assistance to help those in need. 

Beyond the profession, Mr. Somer served on the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island from 1994 until early 2005 with a term as president (1996-1998).  Mr. Somer was also named Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for April 2012 by the Nassau County Bar Association for his work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project Bankrputcy Clinics, co-sponosored by the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and the Nassau County Bar Association, the third time he has received this honor.  The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York has also honored him for his pro bono service for the court in 2005 and in 2008. 

This March, Mr. Somer was the recipient of the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award from the law school as Attorney of the Year.  The law school also honored him in 2006 with an award as Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney.  In 2008, Mr. Somer received the Exceptional Law School Service Award at the Annual Alumni Winter Reception.  Mr. Somer has also lectured on bankruptcy issues for the NYS, Nassau County and Suffolk County Bar Associations in addition to various other professional organizations. 

 

 

 



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