Touro Law Center Celebrates Building Dedication

Date: October 22, 2007
Seen here Dean Lawrence Raful (left) and Touro College President and Founder Dr. Bernard Lander (right) present Senator Charles Schumer with an honorary Juris Doctor Degree from Touro Law Center.
Seen here Dean Lawrence Raful (left) and Touro College President and Founder Dr. Bernard Lander (right) present Senator Charles Schumer with an honorary Juris Doctor Degree from Touro Law Center.
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Senator Charles E. Schumer Gave Keynote Address as Ceremony Celebrated a New Touro Law Center.

Central Islip, N.Y. - Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center celebrated the dedication of its new building on Sunday, October 21. The dedication marked the culmination of a 14-year effort to create a law campus consisting of a law school, federal courthouse and state courthouse working together to enhance the educational experience for law students.

“This celebration was a way to say thank you to the Touro Law Center community and all who helped make the dream of creating a law campus a reality. The donor wall, which we revealed at the dedication, is an acknowledgement of thanks to all of our donors – both large and small – who contributed to this effort.” said Dean Lawrence Raful. “We are now able to provide opportunities and programs for students that take advantage of our relationship with and proximity to the courthouses unlike any other law school in the country.”

The ceremony included a keynote address by Senator Charles Schumer, who received an honorary degree from Touro Law Center following his speech. Other speakers included Dean Lawrence Raful, Dean Emeritus Howard Glickstein, Touro College President Dr. Bernard Lander, Touro College Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Mark Hasten, Touro Law Center Board of Governors Chair Howard Stein, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. Following the formal program, a portrait of the Honorable Jacob D. Fuchsberg was unveiled by family members as a tribute to his long-standing commitment to the law school. Also in attendance were Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan, Senator John Flanagan ’90, Islip Town Councilwoman Pamela Greene ’98, Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano, Nassau County Bar Association President Lance Clark, Suffolk County Bar Association President Barry Smolowitz’84 and several federal and state judges.

During the ceremony Dean Raful made two special announcements. First he thanked Howard Glickstein, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Touro Law Center and Ron Parr of The Parr Organization for their unwavering commitment to the project. He announced that two adjacent classrooms would be named in their honor. In addition, Dean Raful announced that the four-story atrium would be named in honor of the Honorable Leon Lazer, - a respected judge, professor of law and member of the Touro Law community for decades.

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center moved to the newly constructed 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building earlier this year. The building includes two large classrooms, four medium-sized classrooms, three small classrooms, three seminar rooms, two trial courtroom classrooms, two computer labs, a two-level auditorium that can be used as both a trial and appellate courtroom, student study space, a new book store, administrative offices, a café, a multipurpose conference center, alumni boardroom.

The Gould Law Library is three times the size of the former law library with plenty of group study rooms. The infrastructure is high-tech, supporting wireless access, smart podiums and new technology throughout. In addition, the building is home to the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center, housing 14 furnished offices to local non-profit agencies free of charge. Touro Law students can work with these organizations to gain hands-on legal experience while developing an understanding of the problems facing the local community. The Public Advocacy Center, the only one of its kind in the nation, was included to have an impact on social justice, legal training and the lives of countless individuals.