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 *

Kernochan Center Intellectual Property Fellowship

The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School (CLS) is accepting applications for a two-year fellowship opportunity for a future legal academic interested in researching and writing on intellectual property issues, particularly on issues concerning creators’ rights. 
The fellowship will begin in September, 2014 and end in August, 2016.  The fellow will spend approximately half of the time conducting his/her own research and half of the time on Kernochan Center programs and projects. 
The fellow will receive a salary of $65,000 per year, benefits, space to work in the law school, research facilities, and opportunities to interact with CLS faculty, other fellows, staff and students. 
Applicants should be 2-5 years out of law school and have demonstrated an interest in entering academia.  To apply, applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, proposal for scholarly research (5-8 pages), two letters of recommendation, law school transcript and a list of additional references by April 15 to the address listed below.

June M. Besek
Executive Director
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Columbia Law School
435 West 116 th Street, Box A-17
New York , NY 10027

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Webinar: National Association of Women Lawyer's Management Series

Management 101: What They Didn't Teach You In Law School
(But You Wish They Had)

Regardless of where you are in your career (junior, mid-career or senior attorney) or where you are practicing (law firm, in-house, non-profit or government), managing others is likely a big part of your day, whether you are mainly managing "up" to those above you or "down" to those below you. Doing it well is critical to your success. 
Join the webinar on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific/2:00-3:00 PM Eastern. 
For more details, click here

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Congratulations to Our February Alumni of the Month!

Hon. Deborah Poulos, Class of 1988
In November of last year, The Honorable Deborah Poulos was elected to the Family Court Judge, County of Suffolk after being endorsed by both the Republican and Conservative Parties. She was honored on January 30th at the Touro Law Center Annual Alumni Winter Reception in NYC in front of colleagues and former classmates.

Hon. Poulos graduated from Touro in 1988 after successfully completed four years of law school during which she was an evening student working full time during the day.

In 1990, Deborah Poulos became a founding partner in the Law Offices of Lefkowitz & Poulos, Esqs. located in Hauppauge, New York.  Since 2000, after her partner retired, Ms. Poulos has single-handedly continued to build a highly successful law firm specializing in Matrimonial and Family Law.  Ms. Poulos has litigated hundreds of cases including several jury trials.

She has developed a professional reputation, well-known among her colleagues, peers and clients, for a reasoned and diplomatic approach to Matrimonial and Family Law. 

Read more on the Touro Law website!