Touro Law Receives $40K from Hagedorn Foundation for Training in Community Justice Center

Date: January 14, 2014
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Central Islip, NY - Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that the Hagedorn Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to support immigration law training and legal services through Touro Law’s incubator in Hauppauge, the Community Justice Center (CJC). The funds will enable Touro Law alumni practicing in the CJC to receive intensive training on representing clients with immigration issues in order to prepare them to represent clients in a law-bono fee arrangement.

Dean Salkin stated, “We are grateful to the Hagedorn Foundation for this grant. The kind of training being funded will benefit both our alumni who are practicing in the Community Justice Center as well as members of the local community who are in need of trained, experienced attorneys willing to provide services at reduced rates. This grant will help further the mission of the Community Justice Center to support Touro Law graduates while serving of local community members with unmet legal needs who have limited financial resources.”

Training will focus on areas that include Introduction to Immigration Law and Fundamentals of U.S. Immigration Law. Training will include onsite interaction with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Homeland Security officers. Training topics include:

  • Selected Issues in Naturalization
  • Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration
  • Introduction to Removal Proceedings
  • Humanitarian Relief
  • Helping Immigrants Become U.S. citizens

Community Justice Center lawyers participating in the program will work closely with the Brentwood office of Make the Road New York, an organization that works to serve the needs of Long Island’s immigrant communities.

Touro Law Center opened the Community Justice Center in November 2013, providing onsite space for up to 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. 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.