Honors Program 2015-2016 Highlight

Spring 2016 – Honors Program Invited Speakers

Every spring the Honors Program invites attorneys and judges to speak to Honors Program students about areas of practice of particular interest to these students.   In spring 2016, Honors Program students had the opportunity to hear from Rosemarie Tully, Touro Law ‘92, who practices in the field of entertainment law.  In response to student requests to hear from recent alumni who had participated in the Honors Program, Tiffany Frigenti, Touro Law ’14, also spoke to students talking about the sort of work she does at a Long Island law firm.  Finally, Honors Program students also had the chance to hear an inspiring talk from Ryan Cleary, Touro Law ‘14, who works for Brooklyn Defender Services.

Honors Program Students Attend a Variety of Programs in the 2015-16 Year

As a part of membership in the Honors Program, every Honors Program student is required to attend four extracurricular events every semester.  Second-year students are also required to write a short essay about one of those events.  In both fall ’15 and spring ’16, Honors Program students attended and wrote about a variety of programs offered by Touro Law or by a Touro Law student organization.

Fall ‘15

A number of students heard speakers on family law issues.  Rhona Mae Amorado (pictured below) heard speaker Judge Stephen Ukeiley, a former Suffolk County Trafficking Court judge, invited by the Family Law and Criminal Law Societies.  As Rhona indicated, Judge Ukeiley spoke to students about the New York court system, the magnitude of human trafficking, and the unique features of the Human Trafficking Court.


Rhona Mae Amorado

            Katherine Bergold, Luann Dallojacono,  and Jenna Jonassen heard from Glorisbel Roman, from the Suffolk Legal Aid Society Children’s Law Bureau and from Rebecca Oyana and Deborah Lolai, Touro Law ‘14, both from the Bronx Defenders Office,  in a panel presentation organized by the Family Law Society.  Katherine noted that while the speakers had different perspectives, either as representatives of children or of parents accused of child neglect or abuse, they concurred “that the work is emotionally draining but inspiring and rewarding at the same time.”  Luann was struck by Ms. Oyana’s comment that “it is difficult to understand the source of a family law issue without getting to know the family.  It is only when one gets close to the situation that one uncovers what is really going on.”  Jenna appreciated the opportunity “to hear from a child advocate, but also from defenders who were able to substantiate their reasoning for believing that parents need effective representation, as well.”  (Students are pictured below in order from left to right.)

Other students attended one or more of the monthly “Bagels with the Boards” events, sponsored by Touro’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law institute.  Kyle Durante attended a session that focused on mobile broadband communications infrastructure, local codes, and federal laws meant to prevent delays in the issuance of telecommunication permits and issues.  Megan Forbes attended the monthly session focusing on Disaster Resilience, which brought in “three speakers who all discussed the importance of planning for environmental disasters.”  Jessica Vogele attended a late November ’15 session that discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, involving the constitutionality of content-based sign regulations.    Jessica found speaker A. Thomas Levin’s “explanations of the different constitutionality tests . . . clear and concise” and enjoyed the “great insight” provided on a narrowly tailored topic.  (Students are pictured below in order from left to right.)

Two Honors Program students wrote about the talk given by visiting scholar Dr. Sharona Aharony-Goldenberg, of Netanya School of Law in Israel.  Touro Law and Netanya Law have an exchange program under which a faculty member from each school visits the other school for a week each year.  During Dr. Aharony-Goldenberg’s visit, the Jewish Law Student Association invited her to speak to students, and she addressed “Academic Boycott: An Impossible Oxymoron.”  As Robert Fogarty summarized, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement “is a global campaign against the State of Israel, which strives to end Israel’s occupation of all Arab lands captured during the Six-Day War in June 1967” and which, in the academic area, tries to “prevent Israeli intellectuals from publishing their works.”  As Arielle Montoro noted, “The Academic BDS movement impacts innocent third parties who are trying to better society by releasing their publications for the country to see.”  (Students are pictured below in order from left to right.)

Several students, including Saba Khan, Erica Arias, and Jonathan Barreto, attended a trademark panel presentation organized by the Intellectual Property Law Society.  The session presented four practitioners in the trademark area who spoke about the mid-July 2015 decision to cancel six trademark registrations relating to the Washington Redskins football team.  Saba noted that the speakers included an attorney formerly with the U.S. Trademark office who described the process of trademark registration, an attorney who focused on free speech implications, an attorney who discussed the effect of the decision on those who had licenses to use the cancelled trademarks, and finally, an attorney who discussed the probable lack of financial impact on the football team.  Erica noted that the presentations were interesting to those taking the Intellectual Property course and to those not in the course but engaged because of the sports connection.  Jonathan noted that the different perspectives led him to realize that “trademarks are only as valuable as people perceive them to be.  As long as they are economically viable, they will persist.”  (Students are pictured below in order from left to right.)


            Spring ‘16

This past semester, Manuel Esteban (pictured below) attended a Diversity Week event entitled “Religious Safe Space Dialogue,” organized by the Law Center.   “The event allowed each participant to share about his or her faith and the issues that each participant saw as important.”  As Manny concluded, “If people from diverse faiths learn more about one another and see the good in each other’s faiths, or lack of faith, I feel we will have less strife and more harmony.  As leaders, I feel lawyers can lead this dialogue of coming together, which is why I was proud to recommend and moderate the event.”


Manuel Esteban

In March, the Law Center sponsored a conference on jurist Louis D. Brandeis.  Alexsis Gordon (pictured below) attended a presentation by University of Notre Dame Professor Barry Cushman, who spoke about Justice Brandeis and due process, a session that Alexsis found “very informative, especially considering the fact that in my constitutional law class we were studying due process.”


Alexsis Gordon

Stephanie Hibbert (pictured below) attended a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) session at the Queens County Bar Association, providing attendees an update on New York ethics rules governing New York attorneys.  One topic was “whether information obtained from a now-deceased client can be disclosed to exonerate a co-defendant.”  Stephanie reported that almost the entire audience was surprised to learn that commentary on the applicable rule would allow such disclosure, provided certain conditions were met.  As Stephanie noted, “I was very surprised by the openness of the attending attorneys . . . . This event showed me that although the rules of ethics were written by attorneys, they too need assistance at times in ensuring their conduct comports with the law.”


Stephanie Hibbert

Jessica Klersy (pictured below) also attended a CLE session, one sponsored by Suffolk County on domestic violence and the new domestic violence courts opened in early 2016.  While Jessica saw the new courts as a step in the right direction, the speakers also made it clear to her that “[b]esides the court system, we need information sessions for teens and adults.  There are so many services out there, and many victims are unaware that there are programs and people willing to help them.  We need to get the information to the victims who are unaware of the programs, and we need to reach out and help the unreported cases of domestic violence.”


Jessica Klersy

Jorge Macias (pictured below) attended a presentation by Patrick Donohue, the founder of Project 9 Line, which helps veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Jorge noted that the speaker tries to help veterans by sharing his experience in the business world to help them create businesses and new lives for themselves, but also by using his talents as a stand-up comedian “to take their minds away from what may be haunting them.”


Jorge Macias

In 2016, the nation lost U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  The Touro Law Review and the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of New York held a memorial event, attended by Elizabeth Sy (pictured below).    Although she noted that she might not always agree with Justice Scalia on many topics in the decisions she read in her constitutuional law class, Elizabeth noted that Justice Scalia “always stood by his principles and I commend him for that.  In addition, his sarcasm and humor not only made me laugh, but many of his comments were well-calculated predictions of the future.”


Elizabeth Sy

Ashley Valla (pictured below) attended a workshop co-sponsored by the Elder Law Trusts & Estates Association, LAMDA, and the Health Law Society.  One point the speaker noted was that until recently New York did not “recognize[] a domestic partner as a spouse for both inheritance and health care decision making purposes.”  The workshop offered “specialized training to deal with legal LGBT issues and offer a ‘safe space” for those seeking legal help.”  Ashley noted that the organizations hope to offer and advertise a similar workshop in the future “to give all students an opportunity to learn and become aware” of the issues of the LGBT elderly.


Ashley Valla

Krista Miller (pictured below) attended the Second Annual Long Island Coastal Resiliency Summit at Touro Law and wrote about a session entitled “What is the Cost of Protecting Property?”  With Fire Island as the primary example, the speaker presented various strategies “to maintain the balance between man and nature” and discussed how different strategies could benefit different areas of Fire Island.


Krista Miller


Honors Program Alumni Spotlight — Fall 2015

Touro Law Center Honors Program Alumni Spotlight: Darren Stakey (pictured below), Class of 2015:

Darren Stakey

  1. What have you been doing since graduation?

I was a Pro Bono Scholar, part of the inaugural class actually, and the experience was an amazing one. Because of this, I was admitted as a New York attorney within a couple of weeks after graduating from Touro. That opened up a lot of doors for me. Best of all, it allowed me to take on a few clients right away. I did a real estate closing, an order to show cause in landlord-tenant court, and I even won my first trial in family court! The latter ones were pro bono. I never wanted to practice in any of these fields during law school, but the experience I got during my 500 hours of pro bono service piqued my interest and gave me the confidence to believe I could competently litigate in the disparate fields.

Of course, I always wanted to be an entertainment lawyer. That meant taking that California bar exam. It was a three-day bear, but I survived it. I also applied to waive into Washington DC (you can do that too, if you get a 133-35 or above on the multiple choice section of the bar exam). But, then there was the fun stuff. I spent way too much time at the beach; took up golf; went flyboarding and horseback riding; and I set two Guinness World RecordsTM by playing piano and singing for over 111 hours straight (as a fundraiser for Autism Speaks)! It was a pretty good summer, to say the least. Then, when September came, I started at my first real job as a lawyer.

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  1. What type of job do you have and/or where are you working?

I am a law clerk for Justice J. Michael Eakin at the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. It’s the commonwealth’s high court. In fact, it’s the oldest appellate court in America, pre-dating even the U.S. Supreme Court. It is an amazing place to work and has allowed me to continue my legal education in an exciting new way. It may sound dorky, but trust me, if you ever thought a case you read for class was engaging, it is exponentially more interesting when you’re playing a part in bringing the case to final judgment.

  1. Did you get your job right out of law school?

I applied for many legal jobs, even before graduation; hundreds, if you count all of the federal clerkship applications on OSCAR. I had marginal luck. Now, I was Salutatorian of my class, with over a 4.1 GPA; was published on law review; and advanced in a national competition with our moot court. I don’t say this as braggadocio, only to give you some perspective. Even with all this on my resume, I could not find a decent job in private practice. Luckily, the networking I did during my time at Touro generated enough opportunities that I was able to find a great job despite the admittedly abysmal market.

  1. How did you get the job?

I got my clerkship because of extracurricular activities at Touro. Professor Samuel Levine was a huge help, too. Together, we worked on a program highlighting some legal issues implicated by the works of Billy Joel. Judges, lawyers, and professors from across the country came to Touro and personally delivered their articles. One among this group was the eminent Justice Eakin. Part of the fun of the program was including the speakers in a companion performance that I put together featuring about a dozen of my favorite Joel classics. Justice Eakin, a harmonica enthusiast, accompanied me on Piano Man. It was a great way to meet my future boss, as it eliminated the nervousness typically associated with meeting a judge. After all, in that moment, we were just two music lovers. Subsequently, when I applied for a job in his chambers, I had a leg up. That’s what getting involved does for you; it won’t get you the job, but, it will give you a fighting chance. And that’s all you really need to be successful.

  1. And anything else that you would like to add.

Let’s talk bar prep. First, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you’ll pick it up in bar prep.” That’s kind of a myth. True, you will pick up some material. But, you don’t really learn it in the way you’ve learned contract or agency principles, for example, during law school. Also, bar prep companies often oversimplify the material to make it more readily digestible. That’s good in a way, but it’s also a disservice in another because, if you have never been exposed to the material, you won’t know the difference between black letter law and bar prep approximation. So, pay attention now, definitely take criminal procedure, and don’t think you’ll have time to learn all the substantive material you need to know during those painful prep weeks before the exam.

Next, if there are gaps in your legal game and you’re panicking near the end of prep, don’t sweat it! This is why–you can get a lot of the available points without knowing any law whatsoever on the bar. Of course, it would be great to have the CPLR, EPTL, DRL, and every other acronym you can think of down cold. But, if you don’t know the rule or you space out during the exam, just invent a rule (and try to think about what the rule should be–it quite likely involves reasonableness or fairness). Then, apply your “rule” appropriately, using and mentioning the facts to draw a cogent, reasoned conclusion. You get most of your points on the essays by doing analysis. The bar examiners don’t just want a recitation of memorized legal principles, they want to see how you apply the law you know. Give them what they want, and you will pass! Believe me, no one else is going to give you that advice, but it’s priceless.

Last off, just remember, it’s way better to be rested and fresh than to have a little bit extra law crammed in your short-term memory, so give it up and get a full eight hours every night before the exam.

If you’re interested in a clerkship, NY’s Pro Bono Scholars program, or anything else I’ve discussed, just send me a message on my Touro email. I check it regularly and would be happy to hear from you and to help you in any way I can. Now, go and get ’em, HP Scholars!

*Darren Stakey, Esquire, is also know by his stage name, “Stay Key.”

Honors Program Alumni Spotlight

Touro Law Center Honors Program Alumni Spotlight: Jessica L. Bryant (pictured below), Class of 2012: BryantProfessionalPic

1. What you have been doing since graduation?

Immediately after graduating, I moved back to my hometown in upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes Region. After living on Long Island for several years, it was important for me to “make up for lost time” with friends and family, so my goal has always been to find a job that would allow me to enjoy all the truly important things in life.

Many people offer career advice along the lines of “do what you love and it will never feel like work.” I tend to disagree with this. Let’s face it, at some point, every job tends to feel like work. I try to encourage people to find a career that affords you the lifestyle you want from “five to nine.” While I really love what I do from “nine to five,” I’m most grateful that it allows me to really enjoy my life outside of work. I don’t often need to take work home, and I’m not always consumed with the thought that I should be working when I’m out shopping for antiques with my mother, or enjoying a nice dinner out with friends. My career is a major part of my life, but it’s still just one part.

2. What type of job do you have and where are you working?

I am a full-time attorney for the Department of Social Services. Our legal department consists of three full-time, and one part-time attorney. We handle all of the child neglect and child abuse cases for the county, and handle child support matters for those receiving public assistance. I work closely with Child Protective workers, Foster Care workers, and Preventive Services workers to promote the county’s interest in helping families and children in need. I am in court several days each week, and my work day tends to be very busy. There are always certain “trade-offs” when choosing a job in the public sector, but it matters a great deal to me that each ounce of effort I put into my job makes a difference in the lives of those around me. I work in the county that I grew up in, so my efforts truly feel “close to home.”

3. Did you get your job right out of law school?

After law school, I worked with a private, solo practitioner as a “law clerk” of sorts, while I studied for the bar exam. I then went to work for Thomson Reuters (Westlaw), where I was an Attorney Editor for legal encyclopedia. Upon admission to the bar, I opened my own solo practice, where the majority of my case load was family court matters and child support matters through the local Assigned Counsel program. The caseload was so robust that I really didn’t need to solicit new business. I did, however, get a variety of cases through networking and referrals, including a fair amount of real estate and estate work, which nicely supplemented my income. Being self-employed was a challenge, but I loved that my “bottom line” was directly related to how hard and how much I worked. I found it challenging to strike a good work-life balance, because I worked most nights and weekends, but I still had the flexibility to leave early on a Friday, or steal away for a long weekend when I needed to. I rented an empty office from an experienced local attorney, who was a great resource to me. I recommend any attorney considering “hanging a shingle” to do this, not only for the shared fax, and copy machine (those things add up!) but also for the “built-in” mentor.

4. How did you get your current position?

About eight months into my private practice, I was offered a part-time job with Wayne County Department of Social Services. I worked roughly two days each week there, while maintaining my private practice. I had to work even harder to manage my schedule and workload, but the steady, predictable income from the part-time job was truly invaluable. I vowed I would never leave the flexibility of my private practice. However, a few months after working there part-time, a full-time position became available. I was enjoying the position so much, that I instantly accepted, without thinking twice about it. I went from working 60+ hours, 7 days a week, to enjoying a true “nine-to-five” job with each and every weekend off (as well as plenty of legal holidays, vacation time, health insurance, and eligibility for public interest loan forgiveness, someday).

5. Anything else that you would like to add?

I am proud that Touro helped foster my desire to pursue a career in public interest. It was always my goal to do something that would make a difference. My time at Touro made me a well-rounded student, and I feel I developed many leadership qualities that have helped me thrive in both independent and group-based work situations. The practical experience helped me develop a confidence in public speaking, whether asking important questions at a CLE, asking the court for important relief at a status appearance, or zealously advocating at a hearing, that has truly helped me shine as a young attorney. I was even featured in a commercial for my undergraduate alma mater, Keuka College! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wvNpzg4wtKQ

My best advice would be to simply be kind to all those you encounter in your career. Attorneys are, obviously, most often involved in situations that are stressful for non-lawyers. I know that when I treat those I meet with humility and respect, sometimes I am one of the few people that day, month, year, who have approached that person that way. We, as lawyers, have an important job to do, but that never excuses bad behavior on the part of a lawyer. Being a true professional carries a responsibility to treat others with respect and kindness. And it’s no secret that anger isn’t good for the soul.

Fall 2014 Extracurricular Activities of our new Honors Program Scholars – Part II

Honors Program Scholars wrote about a number of activities that they attended in Fall 2014 at the Law Center as part of their participation in the Honors Program.

In September 2014, Chad Lennon (pictured below) attended the Veterans’ Treatment Court Conference. As Chad wrote, “The conference hosted counties in New York that were seeking to begin a Veterans’ Treatment Court.” A number of judges spoke at the conference, discussing “the challenges and strategies of each court, the training to begin a court, and recommendations for those counties seeking to begin a Veterans’ Treatment Court.” As Chad reported, “there are 22 Veterans’ Treatment Courts in New York and 167 nation-wide. There have been 1,250 graduates of the program and there are currently 400 active participants in New York.” Chad concluded, “As a veteran, it is encouraging to see this system progressing at the rate it is. Veterans face a number of issues and there are a number that struggle with transitioning to civilian life. This system has already seen numerous veterans take a positive step in their life and I expect it to continue.”

DSC_1436Honors Program Scholars are invited to attend the weekly faculty colloquia at the Law Center, and two students, Mercedes Matias (pictured below) and Arsalan Memon (pictured below), took up this invitation. Both attended a presentation by Professor Hal Abramson, who spoke on Nelson Mandela’s use of negotiation techniques in dealing with South Africa’s government to end apartheid. As Mercedes summarized, “To attempt bargaining when there is no obvious bargaining power seems futile, but that is exactly what Mandela eventually accomplished. . . . Mandela reaffirmed that members of the African National Congress were not above the use of both non-violent and violent methods to seek liberation, and it was very likely that a failure to engage in negotiations would result in an almost certain civil war. . . . In showing all that could be lost and what could be gained, Mandela set the stage for what would be successful negotiations for himself and the country of South Africa.” Arsalan also noted, “In order to negotiate with our enemies, sometimes we have to see our enemies as victims of the system . . . . At least that is how Nelson Mandela saw his enemies, and I think that is the reason he was successful in negotiating with the people who were responsible for his years lost in jail.”

                                    Matias, Mercedes Memon, Arsalan

Dana Mangiacapra and Ryan Nasim (both pictured below) both attended the Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Program in October 2014, sponsored by Touro Law’s Women’s Bar Association, AMICUS, the Family Law Society, and the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. The eight speakers included Kathleen Rice, Touro Law ’91 and the then Nassau County District Attorney, as well as two sitting judges, a Suffolk County Legal Aid attorney, and a representative from the organization Brighter Tomorrows, Inc., which serves both survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking victims. Ryan noted that keynote speaker DA Rice spoke about “assessing a case at the outset to determine whether prosecution would be an effective method of assisting a victim who is unwilling to assist in the prosecution of her batterer. DA Rice raised awareness about victims of domestic violence who may not feel that the criminal justice system can provide any help. Finally, DA Rice stressed the challenges that Assistant District Attorneys face in prosecuting crimes against women. All of these issues were revealing and insightful to law students who are interested in a career in prosecution.”   Dana was struck by the perspective that Judge Stephen L. Ukeiley brought to the discussion. As Dana wrote, “I believe that lawyering is the practice of bringing justice to those who seek it. Justice does not always mean putting the bad guy in jail. Judge Ukeiley urged everyone to think of the extenuating circumstances that may or may not exist in a person’s life that led them to end up in a court room and to show compassion to those people, whether they be a victim or a defendant, and try to help them. It is this idea, out of the entire event, that I will carry with me.”

                                     Mangiacapra, Dana Nasim, Ryan

Honors Program Alumni Spotlight

Touro Law Center Honors Program Alumni Spotlight: Tiffany D. Frigenti (pictured below), Class of 2013:

Tiffany Frigenti Blog Photo 20151. What you have been doing since graduation? Since graduation, I have been working as an associate at Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello, LLP, in Mineola, New York.  As an associate at the Firm, I assist with a wide variety of legal matters including civil and commercial litigation, construction law, and appeals.

In September 2014, I got married in Montauk, New York.

2. Did you get your job right out of law school? I received my position right out of law school.

3. How did you obtain your position? I was extended an interview based upon the recommendation of one of the partners, Kenneth Gartner, my former professor and head of the Judicial Clerkship Externship Program at Touro.  I was offered a position at the Firm shortly thereafter, began working in August of 2013, and since then have gained an enormous amount of experience litigating.

Fall 2014 Extracurricular Activities of our new Honors Program Scholars – Part I

Honors Program Scholars wrote about a number of activities that they attended in Fall 2014 at the Law Center as part of their participation in the Honors Program.

A number of students attended conferences held at the Law Center. Bridgette Nunez (pictured below) attended the conference of the Long Island Language Advocate Coalition (“LILAC”), held at the Law Center in November 2014. As Bridgette explains, “the conference focused on ensuring language access for newly arrived immigrants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Specifically, LILAC presented speakers and workshops to educate participants on how the lack of language access affects these groups, as well as the legal obligations and best practices to improve language access on Long Island.” The conference included a timely workshop on “the struggles of newly arrived children from Central America” and “highlighted the issues facing these children and what can be done to facilitate the transition” into American life.

Nunez-Zapata, BridgetteVanessa Cavallaro (pictured below) attended the second installment of Touro’s Conference on Aging in Place in September 2014, sponsored by the Law Center, its Aging and Longevity Institute, Touro College of Health Sciences, and New York Medical College’s Center for Long Term Care Research and Policy. Vanessa attended the break-out session entitled “Workforce and Workforce Training Needs,” in which attendees discussed professional preparation and the improvements necessary to care for the aging-related workforce. “My group ultimately decided that more qualitative data is needed before we could begin proposing legitimate solutions to workforce aspects of aging in place.” Vanessa notes that “the conference was incredibly interesting and truly got my brain churning. The subject matter sparked more questions than answers, but we cannot fix problems until we identify them.”

Cavallaro, VanessaThe Law Center screens a number of documentaries, and several Honors Program Scholars attended the screening of “Brothers of the Black List” in September 2014. As Catherine Breidenbach summarizes, the film is about “a little known incident at the State University of New York at Oneonta (“SUNY Oneonta”) stemming from an attempted rape of an elderly woman in the nearby town. Because the crime victim described her assailant as a black man who had been cut on his hand during the attack, the local police went to SUNY Oneonta administrators and, without difficulty, procured a list of the names and addresses of all 125 black students, who were subsequently approached by the police and asked to show their hands.” The incident, which occurred in 1992, led to the longest continuing civil rights litigation in American history. In the discussion that followed, the plaintiffs’ attorney in that action explained why he saw the incident as an example of racial profiling. The film and presentation caused attendees like Colleen Darrah, Dennis McGrath, and Jeannette Villeda to reflect whether they agreed with this characterization of the incident and to consider what other points or perspectives they would like to have seen addressed in the film. Whatever the assessment of the film, it certainly caused viewers to think more deeply about the variety of issues it raised. (See photos of these students below listed in order from left to right.)

Breidenbach, Catherine Darrah, Colleen McGrath, Dennis Villeda, Jeannette

Honors Program Alumni Spotlight

Touro Law Center Alumni Spotlight: Rachael Davey (pictured below), who graduated in December 2011.

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1. What you have been doing since graduation?  After I graduated, I immediately started studying for the New York bar exam.  Thereafter, I began my job search to begin my legal career.  In May 2012, I received my first job offer and my results on the bar exam, which I had passed. My journey as an attorney began in June 2012 at Torre, Lentz, Gamell, Gary and Rittmaster, LLP (“TLGGR”), practicing law in the areas of Suretyship, Construction and Guardianship.  I have been enjoying my job at TLGGR ever since!  On a personal note, I also was married and now have two children, the second who arrived in November 2014.  It’s been a busy three years to say the least!

2. Did you get your job right out of law school?  Yes, I found the job posting on Touro’s JACOB jobsite and applied, as it seemed like a perfect fit.  To my surprise, I was called for an interview the next day!  I made it to the second round, and after a week or two I received an offer for the position.  This was the only position I interviewed for, as I had only put out two or three other applications.  I poured my heart and soul into my application and interview, and fortunately it all paid off in the end!