Honoring our Veterans
This veterans day, we honor the service of all veterans including our students, faculty and staff members. We also applaud the work of our Veterans' and Servicemembers' Rights Clinic where students, working under close faculty supervision, provide free legal assistance to veterans on their legal rights.
Here is a look at Touro Law's own veterans:
United States Army
Juris Doctor Candidate 2020, Full-time Program
Patrick joined the Army in 2008 and served with the 101st Airborne Division while on his 3 years of active duty. He deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2010-2011. After being Honorably discharged in 2012, Patrick reenlisted in the Army Reserves from 2014 -2016. He states, “My greatest accomplishment in life is that I am a married Father of three healthy beautiful children. Joining the Military at 27 years old was the best decision I have ever made. It’s an honor and a privilege to be at Touro and I look forward to seeking justice very soon.”
United States Marine Corps
Juris Doctor Candidate 2021, Part-Time Program
Following graduation from Lehigh University, Kevin served on Active Duty as an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1998-2005 and in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 2007-2011. When he separated from the service, he achieved the rank of Major. Kevin held a wide variety of leadership billets while stationed in various locations around the United States including Marine Corps Base Quantico Virginia, Camp Lejeune North Carolina, and Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He participated in Operations in Kosovo, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq while assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He has received multiple awards and citations including (2) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.
Juris Doctor Candidate 2021, Full-time Program
I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and left for bootcamp at Parris Island, SC on July 7, 2008. During my 10 years of service, including 5 and a half years of active duty service, I served as an Intelligence Analyst and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. During my combat deployment to Afghanistan, I performed the duties of a traditional Marine Rifleman--Marines like to say 'Every Marine is a rifleman' and I embodied that representation. I swept for IEDs during foot patrols, operated machine guns during mounted vehicle patrols, and continued to perform my duties as an Intelligence Analyst marking significant events and briefing senior officers. After my 5 and a half years of active duty service, I was promoted to Sergeant and served as the Intelligence Chief of 2nd Battalion 25th Marine Regiment where I assisted in the management of all Battalion level Intelligence operations. I decided to come to Touro Law school because of my passion to help those who bore the burden of war. I wish to study Veterans law and participate in Touro's Veteran clinic.
United States Army
Juris Doctor Candidate 2020, Full-Time Program
Patrick Neferis served with the United States Army from 2002 through 2006. He was a part of the 1st Armored Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1-36 Infantry Battalion, stationed out of Friedburg, Germany. Patrick held the rank of Sergeant, specializing in vehicle and crew recovery. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from May, 2003 until September, 2004, operating out of Firebase Melody. He stated, “My military service is the most selfless and satisfying experience of my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served.”
United States Air Force
Edmond Underwood joined the United States Air Force in February 2009. He stated, "I started my training in Texas as a Munitions technician and have been blessed to see places from Anchorage, Alaska to Okinawa, Japan. In that time I deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, most recently in 2013. Knowing the actions I took impacted other's lives in a positive way instilled a level of pride I had never felt before. I transitioned out of the military in August 2017 to pursue my legal education. It was an amazing 8 years of service, and I will look back upon them fondly. It was an honor to serve with fellow members of the Air Force and sister services.
Director of the Veteran’s & Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic
Major, Marine Corps Reserves
Chad Lennon was appointed Director of the Veterans and Servicemembers’ Rights’ Clinic in February 2019. He was previously an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County who was also the Prosecutor in Veterans Treatment Court for the District Court and East End Court. Previously, Director Lennon was a Criminal Defense Attorney in Maryland before taking the position at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to his role as the Director of the clinic, he serves in the Marine Corps reserves as a Major. His current billet is the Company Commander of Bravo Company. He has participated in numerous deployments and exercises around the globe and is a Purple Heart recipient.
He serves on various committees and boards including: Committee member, New York State Bar Committee on Veterans; Committee member, American Bar Association, Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits and Services; Advisor, Bob Feller Act of Valor Award; Co-Chair, Suffolk County Bar Association, Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs; and Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium.
Associate Dean Kenneth Rosenblum
"When I look back on my legal career, the thing I am proudest of is my military service, working for nearly 5 years as a US Army JAGC officer. It gives me great satisfaction to know that when my country needed me, I answered the call. Many years later, I got lucky again, getting the opportunity to give something back to my brothers and sisters in arms, working with the dedicated Touro Law students in the Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic, addressing the legal needs of homeless and at-risk veterans. After retiring from full-time teaching and administration in 2016, I have stayed active in veterans issues, including serving as the Mentor Coordinator in the Nassau County Veterans Treatment Court.
TOURO LAW CENTER VETERANS’ & SERVICEMEMBERS’ RIGHTS CLINIC
The clinic gives priority to matters that will prevent or relieve homelessness or remove barriers to reintegration of veterans into civilian life.
Typical matters handled include:
• Landlord-Tenant matters
• Debt collection and credit report matters
• Discharge upgrades, including assistance to request records
• Driver’s license matters concerning traffic violations and obtaining new, conditional or restricted licenses
• Small Claims Court matters
• Warrant recall within Suffolk County
• Federal and New York State income tax problems
• Application for Certificates of Relief from Civil Disabilities/Certificates of Good Conduct
• Application for clean-up and correction of Record of Arrests and Prosecutions (RAP sheet)
For additional information, click here or please call 631-761-7080.
Touro Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremony
Touro Veterans from both the Law School and the School of Health Sciences were honored at a ceremony on Thursday, November 7 for their service. At that ceremony, Chad Lennon was awarded the Faculty Veteran Award, Jonathan Gonzalez was awarded the student Veteran Award and Kenneth Rosenblum was presented with the Patriot Award.