Touro Law Opens First Law School Incubator on Long Island

Date: November 13, 2013
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Central Islip, N.Y. - Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce the opening of the Community Justice Center, the first law school incubator project to open on Long Island. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Center’s opening was held on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:00 am at the law offices located at 300 East Rabro Drive in Hauppauge, N.Y.

“This initiative in support of Touro Law graduates and the community at large places Touro Law at the forefront of the new legal incubator movement, which was developed by our director Fred Rooney,” said Dean Salkin. “We are grateful to have Fred at the helm of the Center and look forward to great outcomes from this venture for all involved.”

Rooney, recently designated “Father of Incubators” by the American Bar Association Journal, continues to travel extensively at home and abroad promoting the creation of law school incubators that help to address the unmet legal needs of individuals of moderate to low-incomes. Touro Law’s model assists graduates to develop and sustain economically viable law practices that serve the needs of Suffolk County residents from all walks of life. However, particular emphasis is placed on the unmet legal needs of individual and families of modest means.

The Community Justice Center provides onsite space for 10 Touro Law graduates to launch their solo practices for a period of 18 months. Much like medical internship and residency programs, Touro Law’s program will help strengthen the professional skills of its members through mentoring and practical ongoing training while also assisting them to learn how to develop solid solo or small firms that are both financially and professionally satisfying.

“This project and the Touro Law graduates who participate in it will improve the quality and quantity of legal services offered to low- and moderate-income individuals and communities by addressing their unmet legal needs, while providing much needed support to lawyers who want to succeed in their own practice,” said Fred Rooney. “I am thrilled to be launching this incubator and look forward to watching it grow and flourish in years to come.”

Incubator participants will pay a low monthly rent as they learn how to balance the need to “do well in order to do good.” The business skills they learn help prepare them to run their own practices and the lawyering skills they gain augment their legal education at Touro Law.