Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Judge Leon D. Lazer Atrium Dedication

On Wednesday October 29, Touro Law Center celebrated the dedication of the Judge Leon D. Lazer Atrium. Touro faculty, staff and students as well as several judges, alumni, family and friends were present to help celebrate the event. Dean Lawrence Raful, Dean Emeritus Howard Glickstein, Professor Eileen Kaufman, the Honorable James Lack and the Honorable Gail Prudenti spoke tributes to Judge Lazer and his remarkable career as an attorney, judge and professor. The ceremony concluded with Judge Lazer and his wife Renee revealing the plaque and lettering honoring Judge Lazer and formally naming the Judge Leon D. Lazer Atrium.

Leon Lazer, formerly a Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, is now a professor at Touro Law Center and serves as special counsel to the firm of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, PC. One of his many great accomplishments has been his 30-year stewardship of the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, which annually produces a four-volume set of model jury instructions for use by judges in civil trials. Judge Lazer also runs the annual “Leon D. Lazer Supreme Court Review,” which has become the largest continuing legal education program on Long Island, this year drawing its largest crowd of almost 400 attorneys.

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