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By David Brand
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center announced last Wednesday that it had entered into an agreement with South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China to enable SCNU students to study at the Long Island law school.
Dean Harry Ballan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SCNU agreeing to allow graduate and undergraduate law students at SCNU study at Touro Law and earn an LL.M. graduate law degree.
“SCNU is an impressive university with excellent students,” Ballan said in a statement. “I am delighted that its students will be able to study at Touro Law and take courses with our students.”
“The MOU will promote cooperation between our two schools, enriching both, and will give students a greater understanding of the relationship between the United States and China and the role of international law in that relationship,” Ballan continued.
SCNU Dean Zhang Yongzhong hailed the landmark agreement.
“Touro Law Center is excellent at teaching its students the law,” Yongzhong said. “We look forward to collaborating with Touro Law on student exchange programs, conferences, and other academic projects.”
The agreement builds on the existing relationship between the two schools. Dr. Jin Zheng, an SCNU law professor, taught at Touro during the 2015-16 academic year. Associate Dean Rodger Citron traveled to Guangzhou to sign the MOU with SCNU in October.
“SCNU was a gracious host,” Dean Citron said. “I look forward to working with its students and faculty in the future.”
By David Brand
Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center honored best-selling author John Grisham with the school’s annual Bruce K. Gould Book Award.
Touro recognized Grisham on Oct. 22 for his novel “The Rooster Bar.” Grisham’s other best-selling legal-themed works include “A Time to Kill,” “The Firm” and “The Pelican Brief.”
Each year, the university presents the award to the author of an outstanding publication related to the law, the legal profession or the legal system. The prize is named for benefactor Bruce K. Gould, an 1984 graduate of Touro Law Center. Gould is a founding member and second president of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Association and a member of Touro Law Center’s Board of Governors.
Past recipients include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her book “My Beloved World”, Anita Hill for her book “Speaking Truth to Power” and Bob Woodward for his book “The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006 - 2008.”
Grisham graduated from University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981 and practiced criminal law throughout the 1980s. He also served in the Mississippi House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1984 to 1990.
The award, which was first handed out in 1991, is regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes for law-related literature.
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