Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NYC Bar Association Events

Check out these exciting events taking place at the New York City Bar Association in October.

For further information about the Association's October events and to register for them, go here.

October 1: Careers in Journalism

October 2: Welcoming Reception for Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates

October 3: Using Your Law Degree in Academia

October 9: Intelligent Interviewing: Is that what I really look like?

October 10: Clarence Darrow Taking on Prejudice, Violence, and Political Complicity in the Jazz Age.

October 11: A Fair and Free Press: The special problems of the high-profile criminal prosecution

October 17: Speed Networking: Fast business for busy women

October 18: LL.M. International Law Degree Students' Reception

Monday, September 24, 2007

MetLife Career Forum

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Fall Semester
Federal Work Study Grants Available

Through the Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP), Touro Law Center plans to provide approximately five-to ten work-study stipends to students willing to work as interns with the agencies housed in Touro’s Public Advocacy Center (PAC) and PAC affiliates in public interest legal positions this semester. The stipend will pay $ 10.00 per hour for 12-15 hours per week for the remainder of the fall 2007 semester. Submissions will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and should, therefore, be submitted as soon as possible.

To apply, students must submit a Letter of Intent to Thomas Maligno, Executive Director of the Public Advocacy Center at The Letter should state which agency you want to work for and why. After receipt of your letter, Tom will transmit it to the appropriate agency that must approve Tom’s placement of you with them. Please speak to Tom if you have questions about the work that each agency does.

All of the PAC agency descriptions are listed on the CSO website under the public interest job listing section. All PAC agencies are eligible placements and many of the agencies already have job descriptions on the Career Services’ job posting site here.

Students should also speak with Michelle Kaminski, Director of Financial Aid, concerning their eligibility to participate in Tour’s FWSB program.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

LALSA Receives Award!

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has named the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) of Touro Law Center HNBA's Law Student Organization of the Year. Congratulations go to Lisa Purzak and the LALSA team for having their hard work receive such high praise! The Award will be presented to Lisa and other LALSA members at the Awards Breakfast during HNBA's National Convention in St. Juan, Puerto Rico on October 5, 2007.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CSO Hires Director of Employer Relations

Recently, the Career Services Office received approval from Dean Raful to fund a new position, Director of Employer Relations. In an ever increasingly competitive marketplace, more and more law schools are funding this type of position, which focuses on reaching out to employers in order to develop strong lines of communication. Touro Law Center is on the front lines of this movement.

Touro's new Director of Employer Relations, Margarett Williams, Esq., is a 2005 graduate of the law school and a member of the New York State Bar. Following graduation, Margarett practiced employment and matrimonial law. Prior to law school, she had a substantial career in human resources with Symbol Technologies, Inc. (now Motorola). Her business experience along with her legal background make Margarett a terrific fit for this position, and her love of Touro Law Center will make her an effective advocate for our students.

Margarett is presently meeting with students, faculty members, and administrators in order to arm herself with valuable information when she visits employers. Her mission is to meet with employers and establish ongoing relationships, so that when an employer is ready to hire an intern, summer associate, or post-graduate attorney, they will know to whom to turn. While she will certainly develop connections with students, her position will not focus on counseling. Rather, she will often be in the field, visiting several employers a day, and presenting how the amazing accomplishments of our students can be a benefit to employers.

Welcome aboard, Margarett!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Minority Law Student Leadership Summit

Dress for Success

Monday, September 17, 2007

Bronx Adds New Prosecutors

The New York Law Journal reports, in its September 14, 2007 edition, that the Bronx County District Attorney's Office recently announced the hiring of 54 new assistant district attorneys to commence in the fall of 2007.

Among those hired were Touro grads Jessica Goodwin and J.R. Reynolds, both of whom graduated this past May.

Congratulations go out to Jessica and J.R.!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New York City Bar Association Event

The Committee on Law Student Perspectives
Annual Welcoming Reception

For Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates

Start the academic year off right by joining the Committee on Law Student Perspectives at our Annual Welcoming Reception! Members of the Committee, as well as representatives from other committees, will discuss the exciting opportunities and programs offered by one of the largest and most respected Bar Associations in the country. Come learn about:

* The Committee on Law Student Perspectives’ programs for the up-coming year.

* The Committee’s resources for perspective and current law students, and recent graduates.

The City Bar’s other committees and opportunities for student involvement


Tuesday, October 2, 2007
6:30 p.m. TO 8:00 p.m.
A reception will follow and light refreshments will be served.

THe New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY

Sponsored by the Committee on Law Student Perspectives. The program is open to all.

No fee required. Please RSVP to Jodi Savage, Chair of the Committee on Law Student Perspectives, at

Friday, September 7, 2007

Government and Public Interest Job Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is a month away! Over 250 government and public interest employers will be interviewing for both permanent and summer 'o8 jobs. Registration is now available at the Equal Justice Works website. Touro students and alums receive free registrations because the Law School has already paid the fee. For more information, visit their website or speak with Tom Maligno in the Public Advocacy Center. The job fair is worth while even if you don't have an individual interview.

At the CSO/PILOT meeting on Tuesday, September 18th at 5:00 PM, students will discuss transportation and lodging for the job fair.

Save the Dates!

Last day for students to submit resumes to employers: September 14
Deadline for employers to notify students of interviews: September 21
Registration closes for students to attend job fair for programs and table talk: September 28
The Conference and Career Fair: October 6 and 7

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Interested in the Patent Bar Examination?

Do you have a science or engineering undergraduate or graduate degree and are you interested in utilizing that degree in patent law practice?

Sitting for the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Registration Examination (the official name for the patent bar exam) is something you should think about before you graduate from law school.

The Practicing Law Institute is the only organization that offers a live patent bar review course in New York. This year, the course is scheduled for October 3-7. This is your only chance to attend a live patent bar review course in New York until PLI's next live course, in May 2008. Upcoming major changes to the procedural rules may make the patent bar exam more difficult by next year, so it is wise to get it out of the way now, if you can. If you have any further questions about the exam or PLI's course, go here.

In addition, Dean Gilbert sat for and passed the patent bar exam, so please make an appointment to see him to learn about how to prepare to study for the exam.