Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. Creates New Scholarship at Touro Law

Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce the creation of the Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. scholarship. Each year for the next five years, a second or third year Touro Law student who shows academic promise will receive the $5,000 Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. scholarship.

“Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. is a well-known and respected law firm on Long Island that has always had a great relationship with Touro Law,” said Dean Salkin. “This new named scholarship shows a true commitment from the firm to our students and our law school. Touro Law alums at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. include senior partners and associates in the firm’s financial services, trusts and estates, real estate and health law departments and we are excited to continue to work with them to foster the relationships especially in growth areas for legal services.

Read more about this collaboration here

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NYCLA to Hold Public Forum on the Mandatory Reporting of Voluntary Pro Bono May 27th

NYCLA will hold a Public Forum on May 27, 2014 to address new rules that now require New York attorneys to report certain information about their pro bono service, as well as their charitable contributions to organizations that provide pro bono legal service, on their biennial registration statements.

Speakers, through a series of panel discussions, will address:
  • The mechanics of and rationale for the new rules.
  • Whether the Administrative Board of the Courts had the statutory authority to impose mandatory reporting.
  • Whether the new rules advance legitimate public policy goals.
  • Whether they impermissible infringe on the privacy rights of New York lawyers.
  • Whether the definition of “pro bono” used in the new rules is appropriate.
   Presenters include:

  • Barbara Moses, President, NYCLA, Counsel, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
  • Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State
  • John McConnell, Counsel to the New York Unified Court System 
  • Sarah Jo Hamilton, Partner, Scalise & Hamilton LLP
  • Lisa E. Cleary, Chair, NYCLA Pro Bono Committee, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Samuel B. Cohen, Chair, NYCLA Civil Rights and Liberties Committee, Partner, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson
  • Hon. Barry Kamins, Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York, Chief of Policy and Planning for New York State's Unified Court System
  • Glenn Lau-Kee, President- Elect, NYSBA, Partner, Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC
  • Richard M. Gutierrez, Attorney, Queens County, former President of Queens County Bar Association
  • Robert L. Ostertag, Partner, Ostertag, O' Leary, Barrett & Faulkner, Former President of NYSBA
  • Geoffrey Bickford, Co-Chair, NYCLA Criminal Justice Section, Court Attorney, New York City Criminal Court
  • Hon. Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, New York City Court   
  • Bruce Green, Louis Stein Chair of Law; Director, Stein Center, Fordham Law School
  • Ronald C. Minkoff, Chair, NYCLA Task Force on Professionalism, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
  • Ronald J. Tabak, Special Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, & Flom LLP & Associates            

     Click the link for registration information.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph M. Fairfield ’99 is our May Alumnus of the Month!

Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Joseph M. Fairfield ’99 has been selected as the alum of the month for May 2014. LTC Fairfield is a leader in his profession, serving as an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Army since November of 1999. Since 9/11 he has served over 53 months deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq.  His accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Joseph Fairfield.

LTC Joseph Fairfield is currently deployed to Afghanistan, serving a 12 month deployment which ends this June.  He is the Staff Judge Advocate for the Special Operations Joint Command-Afghanistan (SOJTF-A) and Senior Legal Advisor for the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan (NSOCC-A).  SOJTF-A/NSOCC-A is a division-level headquarters and is commanded by a two-star general and encompasses all in-country NATO special operations forces and assets, close to 13,000 special operators, staff, and support from over 25 different nations. The SOJTF-A/NSOCC-A mission spans the entire spectrum of special operations in a counterterrorist and a counterinsurgent environment. The missions range from direct action to capacity-building.  As the senior legal advisor, LTC Fairfield oversees over 20 attorneys from three different nations and 15 legal support personnel.  He is responsible for providing advice to the command and staff regarding the rules of engagement, international law, administrative law, fiscal law, contract law, and military justice.     

LTC Fairfield’s first assignment as a judge advocate was with the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, from 1999-2002, where he served as the Division’s family law attorney, Administrative law attorney, Operational law attorney, and prosecutor. From 2002-2004 he was assigned as the Deputy Detachment Legal Advisor for 1st Special Operations Detachment-Delta (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.  During this time he made numerous deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2004 he was assigned to the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NC, as an associate professor, teaching Constitutional and Military Law.

Following his assignment at West Point, he attended The Judge Advocate General’s School and Legal Center, Charlottesville, VA, where he received his LLM in military law.  From 2007-2010 he returned to Fort Bragg, NC to serve as the Command Detachment Legal Advisor for 1st Special Operations Detachment-Delta (Airborne), where he again made numerous deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2010 he was awarded the US Special Operations Command’s Major General William F. Garrison Award for his years of support to US Special Operations Forces.

In 2010 he attended the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. From 2011-2013 he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (DSJA) for Fort Benning, GA, where he oversaw the day to day operations of over 125 attorneys and legal support personnel.
Following his current deployment, he will become the Director of the Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO), located in Charlottesville, VA.   CLAMO is a joint, interagency, and multinational legal center responsible for: (1) collecting and synthesizing data relating to legal issues arising in military operations, (2) managing a central repository of information relating to such issues, and (3) disseminating resources addressing these issues IOT facilitate the development of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, and facilities as these areas affect the military legal community.

LTC Fairfield is married to Mrs. Sandi Fairfield.  They met in Savannah, GA, while she was attending SCAD and he was assigned to the 24th ID, at Fort Stewart, GA.  They have two children.  Emily is age 10 and Gavin is age 8.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Franchise Law Journal's Call for Articles for Rising Scholar Award

The deadline for the Franchise Law Journal Rising Scholar Award is just a few months away.  To be eligible, entrants must be members of the ABA Forum on Franchising and zero to four years out of law school. Qualified participants should prepare articles according to Franchise Law Journal author guidelines. The due date is July 14, 2014. The submissions will be judged by current and former members of the Franchise Law Journal and The Franchise Lawyer editorial boards. The current Forum chair will also be consulted and provide input on the selection of the winning article.

The author of the winning article will receive the following: (1) the article will be considered for publication in a future edition of Franchise Law Journal; (2) the author will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Annual Forum on Franchising; (3) the author will receive a small financial award to reimburse in part expenses for traveling to the Annual Forum for the award presentation; and (4) the author's registration fee for attending the Annual Forum will be waived.

Articles must be submitted to Bethany L. Appleby, the current Editor-in-Chief of the Franchise Law Journal, by no later than Monday, July 14, 2014, to be considered in this year's competition.  All inquiries about the competition should be directed to:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rosemarie Tully '92 Is Our April 2014 Alumna of the Month!

Touro Law Center's Office of Institutional Advancement is proud to announce that Rosemarie Tully ’92 has been selected as the alumna of the month for April 2014. Her accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Rosemarie!

Rosemarie Tully, a Huntington resident, is immediate past chair of the 1,700+ member Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Tully is the owner of Rosemarie Tully, P.C. and is of counsel to Quatela, Hargraves &
Mari on Long Island and Diane Krausz & Associates in New York City. She concentrates her practice in entertainment, business and real property law.

Rosemarie represents and counsels clients in the areas of entertainment law (including music, film, theatre, dance, tv, and internet), publishing, copyright, business law, real estate, commercial/corporate transactions, and general matters.

Her clients include authors, composers, screenwriters, producers, actors, artists, sound studios, record labels, publishers, and production and distribution companies. She manages a wide variety of projects and transactions for clients, assists them on copyright and related matters, and guides them in general business matters as well as individual legal needs.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Tully worked in the legal department of the New York Islanders hockey team, dealing with personnel, intellectual property, and general legal and business issues associated with a professional sports franchise.

A 19-year member of the State Bar, Tully serves on the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, the Membership Committee and the House of Delegates. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and is a past director of the Suffolk County Bar Association, currently serving on the Scholarship Committee.

Tully is a graduate of Adelphi University and Touro Law Center, where she is an adjunct professor teaching entertainment, arts and sports law.  Her practice is in Huntington.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Captain James Van Thach '02: An American Hero

The Epoch Times recently profiled Touro Law Center graduate Cpt. James Van Thach '02:
"It can be reasonably assumed that, upon their graduation, most of the several hundred students of Touro Law School’s Class of June 2002 were preparing to take their upcoming bar examinations and looking forward to starting their careers in the public or private legal sector once (and if) they passed them.
Such is the professional path followed by most law school graduates across America. But that generalization has its exceptions, and a most notable one is Captain James Van Thach.
Thach, who had served in the Army reserves beginning in 1994, his freshman year at St. John’s University, was commissioned a lieutenant in 1998. In 2002, because he had a law degree, the Army offered Thach the position of attorney within the Army’s legal division."

Read more here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Touro Law Center and Suffolk County Historical Society 
in cooperation with the

Suffolk County Judicial Women in the Courts Committee 
Women in the Law:
Historic Firsts in New York State and
Suffolk County

Suffolk County Historical Society (SCHS), through the cooperation of the Suffolk County Court Administrative Judge Randall Hinrichs, is pleased to announce that SCHS will be celebrating women from New York State who have left an indelible mark on the court system.  
A Photography Portrait Exhibition will be displayed at Touro Law Center in honor of Women’s History Month. This exhibition was created by the Suffolk County Judicial Women in the Courts and the Suffolk County Historical Society. 
 An opening reception will be held at Touro Law Center
Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM
225 Eastview Dr., Central Islip, NY
Honorees represented with images and biographies include:
·     Hon. Judith Kaye – First Woman appointed to the N.Y.S Court of Appeals; First Woman chief Judge of the N.Y.S Court of Appeals
·     Hon. Gail Prudenti – First Woman Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Department *
·     Hon. Birdie Amsterdam – First Woman elected to N.Y.S. Supreme Court
·     Hon. Jane M. Bolin – First African-American Woman Judge in both N.Y.S. and the United States
·     Sonia Sotomayor – First Latina Supreme Court Justice in the United States 
·     Kate Stoneman, Esq. – First Woman to pass the N.Y.S. Bar
·     Charlotte Smallwood, Esq. – First Woman District Attorney elected in N.Y.S.
·     Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsberg –  First N.Y.S. Woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
·     Hon. Syrena Stackpole – First N.Y.S. Woman elected to public office*
·     Judith Lewis Meggesto, Esq. – First female Native-American attorney in N.Y.S.

Suffolk County Firsts*
·     Hon. Catherine T. England – First female president of the Suffolk County Bar Association; First female justice to sit in Suffolk County Supreme Court; First  female judge to sit in Suffolk County Family Court.*
·     Hon. Anne Mead – First female District Court judge in Suffolk County.*
·     Hon. Mary M. Werner – First female District Administrative Judge in Suffolk County.*
·     Valerie S. Manzo, Esq. – Co-founder and first president of Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.*
·     Rita Adler, Esq. – First female Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County *
·     Christine Malafi, Esq. – First female Suffolk County Attorney *
·     Marguerite A. Smith, Esq. – First female Native-American attorney in Suffolk County (Shinnecock Nation.) *
·     Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. – First female law school Dean in Suffolk County *