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Touro Law opens incubator space for lawyers

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin (center) speaks

Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin (center) speaks before opening the school's new legal incubator in Hauppauge on Nov. 12, 2013. Credit: Handout

A new incubator space -- not for the typical tech startup, but for building fledgling law practices -- has opened in Hauppauge, a project of the Touro Law Center in East Islip.

The Community Justice Center incubator, which opened Tuesday, works to provide a stepping-stone for younger lawyers who want to open their own firms. It will provide 10 Touro Law graduates with offices for 18 months so they can launch their own practices in the collaborative environment of the shared space.

Fred Rooney, who spearheaded similar incubators at the City University of New York School of Law, across the U.S. and internationally, will head up the new center at Touro.

“This project and the Touro Law graduates who participate in it will improve the quality and quantity of legal services offered to low and moderate income individuals and communities by addressing their unmet legal needs, while providing much needed support to lawyers who want to succeed in their own practice,” he said in a news release.

So far, nine desks out of 10 at the incubator -- located at 300 East Rabro Dr. -- have been filled, mainly with lawyers that have a low. Touro graduates must apply to be part of the incubator -- which will turn over every 18 months. During their time at the center, the attorneys pay a reduced rent, and must target their services toward local moderate- to low-income communities.

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