Patricia Salkin, director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, has been appointed the next dean of the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College, Touro announced yesterday. Salkin, 47, is an expert in land-use planning and government ethics who has been at Albany Law for 22 years. She is also associate dean. She will begin at Touro Law on Aug. 1, succeeding Lawrence Raful, who announced last July that he was stepping down after eight years as dean to return to Touro Law’s faculty.
Salkin said in an interview yesterday that she welcomed the opportunity to work with the “practice-ready” students Touro Law tries to produce through its Public Advocacy Center and other programs that provide students with hands-on experience. She also said that Touro Law’s programs with federal and state courts is a plus in graduating students with practical experience in the law. “This is just a really great opportunity for somebody like me for experiential learning and working with practice-ready lawyers,” she said.
The head of the search committee to find Raful’s replacement, Proskauer Rose partner Allen Fagin, said in a statement that Salkin’s “experience in legal education, land use and public policy as well as her desire to be innovative are a perfect fit for Long Island and Touro Law.”
Salkin said that while she has been looking to move up in the academic world, her interest in Touro Law was not a direct result of her being by-passed for the dean opening at Albany Law, which was filled last month by Penelope Andrews (NYLJ, April 6). “One has nothing to do with the other,” Salkin said.
She also noted that she had been a finalist for the deanship of the University of Baltimore School of Law. Assistant U.S. attorney general Ronald Weich got that post last month.
Salkin, an Albany Law graduate, has gained prominence through research at the Government Law Center and various assignments on ethics-in-government studies she helped lead for the New York State Bar Association, where she is a member of the House of Delegates. She also has chaired the State and Local Government Law Section for the American Association of Law Schools. In addition, Salkin served on the transition teams for state attorneys general-elect Eric Schneiderman, Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer.
Salkin lives in the Albany suburb of Glenmont with her husband, Howard Gross, and two children.