Touro Law Center Enters Scholar Exchange Program with the School of Law at the Netanya Academic College in Israel

Date: January 05, 2011
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Central Islip, NY – Touro Law Center has entered into a Scholar Exchange Program with the School of Law at the Netanya Academic College in Israel. This exchange was facilitated by the two deans, Dean Lawrence Raful of Touro and Dean Sinai Deutch of Netanya Academic College. Netanya, the largest city on the crossroads between Tel Aviv and Haifa, not only lays claim to a stretch of beautiful beaches, but is also home to the Netanya Academic College. The College has over 1,200 students, and it is now the third largest center for legal studies in Israel.

The Scholar Exchange had its first iteration with the visit by two scholars from Touro Law Center at Netanya’s law school in Israel. Professor Barbara Swartz and Professor Lewis Silverman spent a week in Israel in early December 2010 with the students and faculty of the Netanya Academic College. Both professors are experts in the area of family law, and spoke in law school classes, interacted with student organizations, and did a joint presentation to the faculty on the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution of conflicts in family situations.

Two scholars from the Netanya Academic College will visit Touro Law Center in the second week of February, Professor Hadara Bar-Mor, who also serves as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Dr. Ruth Plato-Shinar. Professor Bar-Mor teaches in the areas of corporations, not-for-profit law, and women and the law, and Dr. Plato-Shinar is one of the leading Israeli authorities in the field of banking law. In addition, the two Israeli scholars will be making a presentation to Touro Law’s faculty, and will be actively participating in both Touro Law’s Court Observation Program. The Israeli scholars will accompany first-year students to a court proceeding across the street in the Federal Court, and they will have lunch with the students and the federal judge who adjudicated the case.

Deans Raful and Deutch are confident that the Scholar Exchange Program will create a bridge between the two law schools, and the two legal cultures as well. “Touro Law has an active interest in Israel due to our Jewish tradition. We run one of the most successful American Bar Association-approved summer study abroad program for law students each summer in Jerusalem and we are offering a CLE program in Jerusalem early in January 2012 to foster more interaction between lawyers in the two countries,” said Dean Raful. “ This Scholar Exchange Program is another way for Touro Law to reach out to the legal academy and legal profession in Israel, and we are very excited that the Netanya Academic College’s School of Law has shown such an interest in this creative collaboration.”