Touro Law Receives Funds from Suffolk County for Work with Veterans

Date: April 13, 2016
L-r: Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin and Clinic Director Ken Rosenblum
L-r: Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin and Clinic Director Ken Rosenblum
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Central Islip, NY -  Touro Law Center received a $9,700 Suffolk County Veterans Marathon grant, which will allow the school’s Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic to expand its services to veterans who need help in restoring suspended and revoked driver’s licenses. 

“Touro Law Center is grateful to Suffolk County for these funds,” stated Dean Patricia Salkin. “Our Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic does great work to assist veterans in a variety of legal matters and this money will enable us to expand our services to our most vulnerable veterans.”

The clinic provides free legal assistance to homeless, sheltered and at-risk veterans, with a view to removing barriers to their full reintegration into the community, in areas such as debt, bankruptcy, income tax, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, foreclosure, traffic tickets, warrant recall, and now, thanks to the county grant, driver’s license restoration.

The clinic is headed by Associate Dean for Administration Kenneth Rosenblum, a U.S. Army Vietnam vet, who stated, “The clinic is in it for the long run, so this Marathon grant will help us expand our services and help more veterans get back on the road. We are all extraordinary grateful to County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern, Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency Director Tom Ronanyne, and all the participants in the Marathon whose concern and generosity have made this grant possible.”

Clinics are an integral part of the educational process at Touro Law, providing students with the opportunity to represent actual clients with real legal problems and to work with experienced attorney-professors. Under the close supervision of faculty, clinic students advise clients and appear on their behalf in court or at administrative hearings. Clinics provide valuable first-hand experience and help students hone essential professional skills such as interviewing, drafting legal documents, and investigating and developing evidence. Furthermore, Touro Law’s clinics serve hundreds of residents in our community each year.

In addition to the Veterans' and Servicemembers' Rights clinic, Touro Law offers clinics in Bankruptcy and Advanced Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, Disaster Relief, Elder Law, Family Law, Federal Prosecution, Immigration Law, Mortgage Foreclosure and  Small Business and Not-for-Profit Law.

The Suffolk County Marathon Grant funded 19 organizations who provide services to veterans. The funds were the net proceeds of the first annual Suffolk County Marathon held in September 2015. Nineteen organizations received awards from the nearly $160,000 fund.

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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art law school is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 650 and an alumni base of more than 6,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

Touro Law’s newly implemented Portals to Practice is a cutting-edge, experiential learning program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation.

 

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/