Inaugural Public Interest Collective Conference Planned

Date: August 30, 2012
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Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
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12 Local Law Schools Join Forces to Benefit Public Interest Law Students.

Central Islip, NY – Touro Law Center is proud to join with other law schools in the area to form the Public Interest Collective (PIC) – a Conference for Social Justice to be held on September 23, 2012 at Columbia Law School. The keynote speaker is Bill Quigley, the Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of the Law Clinic and Gillis Log Poverty Law Center at Loyola Univeristy New Orleans School of Law.

The Public Interest Collective's Conference for Social Justice is a day of collaboration, panels, workshops, and networking opportunities for public interest law students. The conference will give law students across the New York metropolitan area, who are passionate about public interest law, an opportunity to meet one another and work together on building and improving opportunities for meaningful public interest work while in law school.

The PIC began a year ago as an effort to forge relationships and collaborations, both professionally and personally, between pro bono project leaders at New York and New Jersey area law schools. The PIC Conference was developed with participation from students at Brooklyn, Cardozo, Columbia, CUNY, Fordham, Hofstra, New York, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Seton Hall, Pace and Touro Law. The PIC Conference will give students tools to create and sustain dynamic organizations, and the chance to start relationships as they begin their careers as attorneys and advocates in the non-profit sector.

“This conference is an exciting development. Harnessing the energy, enthusiasm, and potential power of public interest students from all over the New York metro area is an incredible development,” said Thomas Maligno, Director of Public Interest and Executive Director of the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law. “These students will make contacts that will last them throughout their professional lifetimes and forge alliances that will make a difference in the lives of others.”

The conference is free to law students, although space is limited. For more information about the conference, or to register, please visit