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Touro Law Center 2016 commencement

Touro Law Center graduate Keetick Sanchez of Jackson

Touro Law Center graduate Keetick Sanchez of Jackson Heights, center, hugs a fellow graduate during the 34th annual commencement exercises at the LIU Post campus in Brookville on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Touro Law Center held its 34th commencement Sunday at the Tilles Center on the LIU Post campus in Brookville.

Number of graduates


Commencement speaker

Mark C. Zauderer, Manhattan trial and appellate lawyer, and senior partner of Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer

“Let me suggest to you the following — professionalism is taking to heart and keeping on your desk the New York State code of professional conduct that governs our practice of law. Professionalism is always using your independent judgment while taking into account the views of others. Professionalism is saying no when your client tells you to do something that is not in accordance to what you believe is right. Professionalism is doing your best at all times, but being willing to admit your mistakes.”

Student speaker

Abraham Ally Dayon, “Most of us had been told ‘no’ when it came to applying to law school. However, we would not take no for an answer. No one was going to tell us that we couldn’t fulfill our becoming lawyers. . . . A Touro student knows how to deal with adversity.”

Student reactions

Gabrielle Cleaves, 28, of Baldwin, president of the Black Law Students Association, is to start as a law assistant in the Nassau County district attorney’s office in August.

“This was a tough journey. Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But you just keep going. I want to be a strong role model not only for my daughter, but any little girl who has any doubts about obtaining their dreams and goals.”

Anthony Avitable, 26, of Levittown, has received a commission on the Army to be a judge advocate general.

“I came to law school, but I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I wanted to go into federal law enforcement, but while I was here I got involved with the veterans and service members’ rights clinic. That changed my whole time at law school.”

Laura Ahearn, 52, of Stony Brook, executive director of the Crime Victims Center, formerly known as Parents for Megan’s Law.

“I started law school because I really wanted to have more to be able to protect victims, help victims assert their rights under the law. I plan on starting a private practice and working specifically with domestic violence, sexual assault and victims of violent crime.”

Chad Lennon, 36, of Bayville, a Marine Corps reservist who is moving to the Washington, D.C., area.

“I did an internship with the U.S. attorney’s office which opened up my views on what’s out there.”

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