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!