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Touro College Director of Public Advocacy Center and Public Interest in Central Islip, New York

The Director of the Public Advocacy Center and Public Interest is responsible for the oversight, coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public service and pro bono initiatives. Additionally, the Director oversees and coordinates the organizations in the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center located on the law school campus. The Center has become the premiere public interest strategy coalition for Long Island and the Director is frequently called upon to collaborate with community stakeholders to strategize solutions to promote equal access to justice. The Director oversees Touro law students engaged in pro bono activities with the Center as well as other school-sponsored and student-initiated pro bono activities that provide legal assistance to the underserved in our community.

  • Teach and provide overall supervision of the Pro Bono Scholars Program.

  • Oversee the Public Advocacy Center (PAC) which is a partnership between Touro Law Center and local not-for-profit agencies designed to have an impact on social justice, legal training, and the lives of countless individuals in and beyond the local community.

  • Coordinate with the PAC organizations to work with faculty and students in all aspects of client representation including policy formulation, advocacy, community education, client advising, negotiations, and litigation.

  • Provide opportunities for students to work with PAC tenants and affiliates.

  • Administer Touro’s public interest and pro bono policies and procedures.

  • Develop policies and procedures for loan forgiveness programs, public interest fellowships, and the mandatory pro bono requirement. Administers programs encouraging alumni pro bono work in partnership with current students.

  • Advise supervise support and monitor the activities of all student-initiated public interest groups working closely with the officers of the Public Interest Law Organization of Touro (PILOT).

  • Counsel students and alumni in developing public interest employment opportunities.

  • Organize, publicize, and conduct programs and events to educate and recruit students to participate in public interest and pro bono activities including the Touro Public Interest Job Fair.

  • Participate in state a local access to justice and public interest organizations.

  • Assist students in obtaining summer public interest positions including students who are recipients of Summer Public Interest Law Fellowships and also students who receive work-study awards.

  • Assist in completing grant applications to fund public interest programming.

  • Assist in fundraising for public interest programming.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education/ Experience

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA Accredited Law School.

  • 3-5 years’ experience working in a law school/or with a non-profit or government organization.

  • Strong commitment to public services access to justice and working with law students.

  • Experience in an administrative role is strongly preferred.

Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal, and diplomatic skills.

  • Must be a capable, efficient, and well-organized individual with strong leadership and managerial skills

  • Must be capable of working independently and as a cooperative team member with various departments.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook (PowerPoint and Banner a plus)


  • Travel to conferences meetings and bar social events on evenings and weekends.

Requisition ID: 2022-8897

College: TUNY - Touro Law Center

Schedule Shift: M-F and some evening and weekends

Hours Per Week: 36.5

Travel: 10%

External Company URL:

Street: 225 Eastview Drive

Telecommute: No

Chart of Accounts: Touro University New York

FLSA Status: Exempt