Funds Provided to Touro Law for Two Summer Fellowships at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Date: March 21, 2012
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Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the Suffolk County District Attorney Join Together with Touro Law to Provide Fellowships.

Central Islip, NY – Touro Law Center, together with Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office have announced two new summer fellowship opportunities for Latino American law students at Touro Law Center. These fellowships were created as part of a proactive outreach for Latino American representation in law enforcement.

Executive Director of Public Interest at Touro Law Center, Thomas Maligno is excited about this new opportunity. He said, “This is a wonderful partnership between the private sector and government to support students who want to use their education and skills to make a difference on Long Island.”

The donation will be divided evenly and awarded to two Latino Touro Law students to be chosen in May to participate in a non-paid summer internship at the offices of the Suffolk County District Attorney. The funds will be used to supplement the students’ income allowing them to devote their time to hands-on experiences while interning at the District Attorney’s office.

Suffolk County District Attorney Division Chief Edward Heilig stated, “I’d like to thank Bethpage Federal Credit Union for exemplifying what genuine corporate citizenship means by providing these funds, through the Hispanic Bar Association, to two deserving Hispanic law students. Both students will, I assure you, work very hard this summer as they learn firsthand what it is we do as prosecutors and what our responsibilities are in protecting the integrity of the criminal justice system. Interns accompany our ADA’s working on cases and will meet and work with police officers, witnesses, detective-investigators, defense attorneys, and crime lab personnel; in short, they’ll become familiar with all facets of the job.”

“With high tuition rates, internships become difficult for graduate students because they need to cover basic expenses,” said Linda Armyn, SVP Corporate Strategy Bethpage Federal Credit Union. We are proud to provide these stipends so the law students can gain the experience before they enter the workplace.”

The two Touro Law students will be chosen by Touro Law School’s competitive fellowship process by a committee of faculty and administrators. Students who meet the criteria to qualify for the scholarship will fill out an application, including an essay on why they are interested in the internship. The summer internship program at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office will begin May 2012.

“I am grateful for the District Attorney’s commitment to build better relationship between the Latino community and law enforcement. The internship program and generous donation by Bethpage will provide two deserving law students the essential opportunity of learning law enforcement skills in the field when they may not otherwise be able to do so. Hopefully this program will result in greater Latino representation in law enforcement,” stated Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Vice President, Dave Mejias.