Patricia Salkin

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Location: Central Islip, NY
Founded: 1980
Industry: Nonprofit – education

Patricia Salkin
Dean

Touro Law Center

Touro Law Center runs an experiential program that prepares students for the practice of law. “Since I joined the school in 2012, we have doubled … the number of law clinics through which our students provide legal services to the community,” says Patricia Salkin, dean of Touro Law Center. The center’s newer clinics include services for immigration, veterans and disaster relief, she adds. “I am most proud of the fact that we were the first responder with legal services following Superstorm Sandy.”

Fun Fact: “In 2015, I had the idea to start a Justice Patch program with the Suffolk County Girl Scouts. This program opens the doors of the Law Center to girls and young women who might not otherwise consider careers in the law.”

In November 2013, Salkin cut the ribbon on the Community Justice Center of Long Island — a law school-based incubator for startup law firms. “More than a dozen alumni began their own law practices in shared office space, with the support of law school resources,” she says. “This benefits the community, because as startups, the lawyers often provide low-bono and pro-bono services.”

Another key facet of the Touro Law Center’s mission is accessibility. “We historically had a part-time program for four- and five-year students. Last year, we added a two-year option … enabling students to save a year of housing costs,” says Salkin.