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The School:


Touro Law Center was established in 1980 as part of Touro College, an independent institution of higher and professional education, chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York in 1970. Expanding rapidly since its inception, the College now has 8,500 students enrolled in ten divisions in the New York City metropolitan area, in California and Nevada, in Israel, and in Russia. The Law Center is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Touro offers the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Legal Studies (for foreign law graduates). In addition, students may combine the J.D. degree with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Health Care, and a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).




The campus of Touro Law Center is located in Central Islip, NY, on Long Island's south shore. It is integrated with both a federal courthouse and a state courthouse. The school is within close proximity to New York City and is easily accessible by car or railroad.




Approximately 70% of the Law Center's 735 students are enrolled in the full‑time day program; the remainder are enrolled in part‑time day or part‑time evening programs. The increasingly diverse student body represents over 116 undergraduate institutions; students come from all over the U.S. and from several foreign countries. Women represent approximately 48% of the total enrollment and minorities make up about 22% of the student body. Admission to the Law Center is competitive, with approximately 2,000 applications for the 270 seats in the entering class.




Touro Law Center's outstanding faculty is comprised of 50 full‑time members who are actively engaged in research, making noteworthy contributions to legal scholarship and law reform. The faculty's rich background in private practice, public service and scholarship enhances the learning experience. They bring talent and experience to the classroom as well as a genuine passion for teaching. The faculty is uniquely dedicated to the success of the student body, priding themselves on accessibility, creating an open and cooperative learning environment that is dynamic and enriching. Touro's 16:1 student/faculty ratio enables professors to take an active role in the broader learning experience through clinics, externships, support of student organizations and so on.




The Gould Law Library, one of the principal resources of Touro Law Center, encourages and supports teaching, studying and scholarly research through their collection and services. Holdings include more than 460,000 law and law‑related volumes and microform equivalents including reports, statutes, periodicals, treatises, historical and other important materials. Computerized systems ‑ CALI, LexisNexis, Westlaw, online databases, audiovisual materials, and the Internet ‑ further strengthen the resources available to our users. All students receive extensive instruction in traditional and computer legal research methodology.


Curriculum Emphasizes Practical Training and Writing Skills:


Touro Law Center's curriculum features a strong emphasis on practice training as well as writing and research skills. All students are required to participate in the Court Observation Program, offering a rich opportunity to experience the workings of the judicial system from the very first days of their legal education. The program includes interactive, faculty‑supervised small group visits to the state and federal courthouses as well as meetings with judges, lawyers and court officials. Intensive writing work begins in the first year, with all students assigned to small sections devoted exclusively to written communication. Students hone their skills in an extensive array of upper‑level courses, clinics, rotations, and practice modules, offering a unique synergy of classroom instruction and supervised practical experience. Touro Law Center offers clinics in Civil Rights for the Mentally Disabled, Elder Law, Family Law, International Human Rights, Not‑for‑Profit Law, Business, Law and Technology, Civil Practice, Criminal Law, as well as Judicial Clerkships and Rotations with the United States Attorney Office and Nassau/Suffolk Law Services. Clinics are available for both day and evening students.


Academic Support Programs:


Touro Law provides comprehensive academic support programs for students. We have a teaching assistant program for first year students, who work in 6‑8 person study groups led by an upper‑class, Teaching Assistant to review the rigors of law school learning together ‑ through the steps of preparing for class, case briefing, note taking, outlining, and exam writing. Each week focuses on a specific topic from one of the substantive courses. One‑on‑one student tutorials are also available to all Touro law students and a weekly workshop for developing analytical and writing skills is held for 2L students titled "Applied Analysis in Constitutional Law." In addition, Touro Law offers several bar preparation courses and optional supplemental bar preparation courses for credit as well as one‑on‑one summer tutoring.


In addition, the Legal Education Access Program (LEAP) is designed to offset barriers to success that often are experienced by students of color. LEAP comprises a four‑week summer program prior to the start of classes, TA sessions, a mentor program and individualized assistance for all participants.


Commitment to Public Interest:


Touro Law Center expects students to develop an appreciation of the legal needs of traditionally undeserved populations. Touro Law houses the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center. This Center, the first of its kind in the nation, houses 16 not‑for‑profit legal advocacy agencies within the law school. Touro students have the opportunity to work with these agencies, gaining hands‑on skills training while developing an understanding of the problems facing the local community. Touro Law students must satisfy a Public Interest Requirement as a condition of graduation.


International Programs:


The centerpiece of the Law Center's international focus is its summer abroad programs in China, India, Israel, Germany, and Russia. The China program provides a variety of cultural and educational experiences as it explores the historical, philosophical and sociological underpinnings of Chinese society. While based in Xiamen, a port city in Fujian province, the program takes students also to Beijing and Hong Kong. In summer 1995, the Law Center became the first American law school to conduct a summer program on the Indian subcontinent, with its program in Shimla, in the foothills of the Himalayas and in Dharamsala. This program examines India's religious and cultural pluralism, as well as the challenges posed by economic liberalization and expanding participation in the world economy. The Israel program provides students the opportunity to live in the crossroads of several of the most world's major civilizations and religions. The program, which is run in cooperation with the Mount Scopus Campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, introduces students to both modern Israel and its ancient roots, while highlighting Israel's political and religious significance. Our program in Berlin examines issues of justice and human rights as well as Jewish law at the crossroads of central Europe. The Russia program is based at, and conducted in cooperation with, Moscow State University, the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in the former Soviet Union. Touro Law co‑sponsors this program with Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in cooperation with the Law School of Moscow State University. The program offers international law courses, concentrating primarily on the Russian legal system in transition.


Extracurricular Opportunities:


At Touro Law Center, the student experience is not limited to the classroom. Students play an active role in governing the institution, through the Student Bar Association and through service on many faculty‑student committees. Students also participate in many professional and social organizations, most notably the Touro Law Review, which publishes a highly regarded, student‑edited scholarly journal, and the Moot Court Board, which takes part in interschool competitions in appellate advocacy. Students may also compete for the competitive International Law Review and Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity. Students can take advantage of more than 30 active student organizations. Other student groups produce newsletters and present symposiums and lectures related to a variety of law‑related subjects.


Specialized Institutes:


Touro Law Center hosts the Institute for Business, Law, and Technology; the Institute of Local and Suburban Law; the Institute of Jewish Law; and the Institute for Holocaust Law and International Human Rights. The Institute for Business, Law and Technology, also known as IBLT, has as its objectives: education, community outreach, and creation of a world‑class academic research center on legal and policy issues related to new and emerging technologies. The Institute of Local and Suburban Law is dedicated to research and education in municipal, environmental, planning, and local government law. The Institute of Jewish Law, in keeping with Touro's founding under Jewish auspices, is concerned with research, scholarship and publications in Jewish law. The Institute for Holocaust Law and International Human Rights is devoted to investigating and preserving the experience of the Holocaust and those dealing with human rights issues.



Lawrence Raful


Gary Shaw

Associate Dean for Research & Planning:

Nicola Lee

Associate Dean for Student Services:

Kenneth Rosenblum

Director of Enrollment:

Susan Thompson

Financial Aid Director:

Lydia Marcantonio

Career Services Director:

Barbara J. Mehrman

Development & Alumni Affairs Director:

Linda Howard Weissman

Law Library Director:

April Schwartz



LAWRENCE RAFUL, (Dean; Professor of Law), born July 7, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Colorado; 1989, Nebraska. Education: University of California at San Diego (B.A., 1972); University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Elder Law, Comparative Law, Legal History, Professional Responsibility.

HAROLD I. ABRAMSON, (Professor of Law), born Binghamton, New York, November 22, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, New York; 1980, District of Columbia. Education: University of Wisconsin (1967‑1969); University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1971); Syracuse University (J.D., 1974); Harvard University (LL.M., 1983; M.P.A., 1982). COURSES: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Administrative Law.


MARIANNE ARTUSIO, (Associate Professor of Law; Director of Clinical Programs), born Jersey City, New Jersey, September 3, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, New York. Education: Vassar College (A.B., 1968); Cornell University (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Disability and Health Law, Elder Law, Clinical Teaching.


ILENE HALLY BARSHAY, (Professor of Legal Methods), born New York, New York; admitted to bar, 1988, New York; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: Long Island University (B.S., 1963); Hofstra University (M.S., 1965); Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (J.D., 1987); New York University (LL.M., 1995). COURSES: Legal Methods.


WILLIAM M. BROOKS, (Associate Professor of Law; Director of Civil Rights Litigation Clinic), born New York, New York, June 12, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, New York. Education: Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., 1976); State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Mental Disability Law, Clinical Teaching.


PETER L. DAVIS, (Associate Professor of Law), born New York, New York, June 23, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, New York. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1969); New York University (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Clinical Teaching.


DANIEL H. DERBY, (Professor of Law; Director of International Programs), born Chicago, Illinois, August 28, 1947; admitted to bar, 1978, Illinois. Education: United States Military Academy (1965‑1968); University of Illinois (B.A., 1974); De Paul University (J.D., 1978); Columbia University (LL.M., 1980). COURSES: Conflict of Laws, International Law, Comparative Law, International Criminal Law.


HOWARD A. GLICKSTEIN, (Dean Emeritus; Professor of Law), born New York, New York, September 14, 1929; admitted to bar, 1954, New York; 1980, District of Columbia. Education: Dartmouth College (B.A., 1951); Yale University (LL.B., 1954); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1962). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights, Administrative Law.


J. KIRKLAND GRANT, (Professor of Law), born Monroe, Michigan, February 14, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, Michigan; 1971, New York; 1975, South Carolina. Education: University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1965; J.D., cum laude, 1967). COURSES: Corporations, Securities Regulation, Contracts, Partnership, Real Estate, Arbitration.


LOUISE HARMON, (Professor of Law), born Columbus, Ohio, October 27, 1949; admitted to bar, 1979, Illinois. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1971); University of Texas (J.D., 1979); Harvard University (LL.M., 1983); Columbia University (Ph.D., 1998). COURSES: Property, Legal History, Jurisprudence.


BRANNON HEATH, (Associate Professor of Legal Methods), born Cleveland, Ohio, December 21, 1941; admitted to bar, 1977, Illinois. Education: Bennington College (B.A., 1964); University of Arizona (M.A., 1967); Loyola University of Chicago (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Legal Methods.


ALAN HORNSTEIN, (Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law), born February 16, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, New York; 1983, Maryland. Education: Long Island University (B.A., 1965; M.A., 1967); Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (J.D., 1970); St. John's College, Annapolis, MD (M.A., 1986). COURSES: Criminal Law, Evidence, Jurisprudence.


EILEEN KAUFMAN, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, January 6, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, New York. Education: Skidmore College (B.A., 1970); New York University (J.D., 1975; LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Torts, Family Law, Sex Discrimination, Constitutional Law.


RICHARD KLEIN, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, June 21, 1943; admitted to bar, 1973, New York. Education: University of Wisconsin‑Madison (B.S., 1964); Columbia University (M.I.A., 1968); Harvard University (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Law, Trial Practice, Labor Law.


SUZANNE DARROW KLEINHAUS, (Assistant Professor of Legal Methods; Director of the Academic Support Program), born New York, New York, September 11, 1954; admitted to bar, 1988, New York. Education: Hofstra University (B.A., 1976); Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Legal Methods.


SIDNEY KWESTEL, (Professor of Law), born April 7, 1938; admitted to bar, 1962, New York. Education: Yeshiva University (B.A., 1958); New York University (J.D., 1961). COURSES: Contracts, Remedies, Pretrial Litigation.


LEON D. LAZER, (Prof. of Law; Dir. of Institute of Local and Suburban Law; Assoc. Dean for Continuing Legal Education), born New York, New York, July 4, 1921; admitted to bar, 1948, New York. Education: City College of the City University of New York (B.S.S., 1942); New York University (LL.B., 1948). COURSES: Land Use, State and Local Government, Judicial Clerkship, Torts.


NICOLA LEE, (Associate Dean for Research & Planning; Professor of Legal Methods), born Stockton Heath, England, March 14, 1958; admitted to bar, 1982, England and Wales; 1989, New York. Education: Brunel University (LL.B., honors, 1981); Cambridge University (M.Phil., 1983); Inns of Court School of Law (Barrister at Law, 1982). COURSES: Legal Methods, Torts.


HEATHER MELNIKER, (Associate Professor of Legal Methods; Coordinator of Legal Methods), born New York, New York, August 25, 1949; admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1971); Northeastern University (M.Ed., 1972); Hofstra University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Legal Methods; Coordinator of Legal Methods.


JEFFREY B. MORRIS, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, January 8, 1941; admitted to bar, 1967, New York; 1978, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1962); Columbia University (J.D., 1965; Ph.D., 1972). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal History.


KEVIN OATES, (Assistant Professor of Legal Methods), born February 14, 1966; admitted to bar, 1991, New York & Pennsylvania; 1993, New Jersey. Education: Colby College (B.A., 1988); Pace University School of Law (J.D., 1991); Temple University School of Law (LL.M., 2003). COURSES: Legal Methods.


DEBORAH WAIRE POST, (Professor of Law), born Auburn, New York, July 27, 1949; admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Education: Hofstra University (B.A., 1971); Harvard University (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Contracts, Partnership, Corporations, Sociology of Law.


CHAIM POVARSKY, (Professor of Law; Director of Institute of Jewish Law), born Poland, July 19, 1933; admitted to bar, 1967, Israel. Education: Hebrew University (LL.B., 1966); Tel Aviv University (LL.M., 1978; J.S.D., 1986). COURSES: Jewish Law, Comparative Law.


GEORGE C. PRATT, (Professor of Law), born Corning, New York, May 22, 1928; admitted to bar, 1953, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1950; J.D., 1953). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Appellate Advocacy, Federal Courts.


PATRICIA A. ROONEY, (Assistant Professor of Legal Methods), born August 2, 1953; admitted to bar, 1999, New York. Education: Hofstra University (B.A., 1976); Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Legal Methods.


JEFFREY I. ROTH, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, New York. Education: Yeshiva University (B.A., 1968); Columbia University (M.A., 1969); Yale University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Wills, Trusts, Property, Jewish Law.


DOUGLAS D. SCHERER, (Professor of Law; Director of the LEAP Program), born Lima, Ohio, June 29, 1940; admitted to bar, 1969, Massachusetts. Education: Case Western Reserve University (B.A., 1962); Suffolk University (J.D., 1969); Harvard University (LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Administrative Law.


MARTIN A. SCHWARTZ, (Professor of Law), born Bronx, New York, August 28, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, New York. Education: City College of the City University of New York (B.B.A., 1966); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1968); New York University (LL.M., 1973). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Evidence, Federal Courts, Appellate Advocacy, Poverty Law.


THOMAS A. SCHWEITZER, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, June 19, 1944; admitted to bar, 1978, New York. Education: College of the Holy Cross (A.B., 1966); Yale University (J.D., 1977); University of Wisconsin‑Madison (M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1971). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Education Law, First Amendment, Conflict of Laws, Property.


RENA C. SEPLOWITZ, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, April 3, 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, New York. Education: Barnard College (A.B., 1973); Columbia University (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Property and Intellectual Property.


GARY SHAW, (Vice Dean; Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, March 24, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (A.B., 1975); John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1979); Temple University (LL.M., 1983). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Evidence, Computer Law.


MARJORIE A. SILVER, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, April 11, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Pennsylvania; 1981, New York. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1970); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Education Law, Professional Responsibility.


THEODORE SILVER, (Associate Professor of Law), born New York, New York, February 24, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Connecticut. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1975; M.D., 1984); University of Connecticut (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Contracts, Taxation, Medical Jurisprudence.


LEWIS A. SILVERMAN, (Associate Professor of Clinical Law; Director of Family Law Clinic), born Brooklyn, New York, January 26, 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, New York. Education: New York University (B.A., 1973); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Family Law, Family Law Clinic.


BEVERLY MCQUEARY SMITH, (Professor of Law), born Jersey City, New Jersey, August 10, 1947; admitted to bar, 1978, District of Columbia; 1982, West Virginia; 1986, Texas; 1989, New Jersey. Education: Jersey City State College (B.A., 1970); Rutgers University (M.A., 1974); New York University (J.D., 1977); Harvard University (LL.M., 1988). COURSES: Contracts, Environmental Law, Consumer Law.


DAN SUBOTNIK, (Professor of Law), born New Jersey, January 5, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, New York. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966; M.B.A., 1966). COURSES: Tax, Estate Planning, Accounting.


BARBARA SWARTZ, (Bruce K. Gould Professor of Law), born Bridgeport, Connecticut, July 23, 1945; admitted to bar, 1972, New York. Education: Temple University (B.A., 1966); London School of Economics; University of Michigan (M.A., 1967); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1971); Columbia University (M.P.H., 1991). COURSES: Law and Medicine, Family Law, Criminal Law, Rights of Children.


PETER ZABLOTSKY, (Professor of Law), born Binghamton, New York, April 18, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, New York; 1986, Pennsylvania. Education: Penn State University (B.A., 1977); Columbia University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Torts, Entertainment Law, Products Liability, Professional Responsibility.


MICHELLE ZAKARIN, (Assistant Professor of Legal Methods), born May 2, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, New York. Education: State University of New York at Albany (B.A., 1992); Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Methods.