Honored for Doing Good
The ABA Annual Pro Bono Honor Roll acknowledges and highlights the pro bono work of individuals engaging in, expanding and/or supporting their law school community in providing pro bono legal services. Congratulations to Touro Law’s honorees including Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement Anastasia Hagan, Director of Clinical Programs Melina Healey and third-year law student Madison Scarfaro.
Anastasia Hagan joined Touro Law in 2022. As Assistant Dean, Anastasia is responsible for all fundraising efforts for the law school and has worked diligently to secure funding to expand the pro bono legal representation for disadvantaged community members. Her work is critical to ensuring support for many vital programs and new initiatives, including some of the clinical programs and other student pro bono efforts and collaborations schoolwide. Her actions resulted in funding for a minimum of 10 summer public interest fellowships annually, and she most recently collaborated with New Hour, a Touro Law Center’s Public Advocacy Center organization, to establish new summer public interest fellowships for students. Anastasia also serves as a passionate community leader and spokesperson for our law center, regularly meeting with local officials, business owners, community leaders, and organizations to build partnerships to further the school's mission. During her free time, she is on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island Chapter and Co-leader of a multi-level Girl Scout Troop.
Melina Healey joined Touro Law in 2019 to oversee the thirteen clinics of the Law Center. Each year, Touro’s in-house clinical law program provides tens of thousands of hours of pro bono legal services clients in Suffolk County. Through this work, the program saves hundreds of seniors and other vulnerable Suffolk County residents from losing their homes, ensures dozens of veterans get access to critical benefits and employment, prevents many immigrants from unfair removals, supports the work of local nonprofits, and obtains hundreds of thousands of dollars in services for children and adults with disabilities. Professor Healey is proud of the education the clinic provides to the dedicated students who are given primary responsibility for these client outcomes and who are supervised by Touro Law’s excellent clinical faculty. Professor Healey teaches the Education Justice and Advanced Clinics. Her Education Justice Clinic alone regularly secures over $1 million in educational services for clients each semester.
Madison Scarfaro is in her third year at Touro Law. She enrolled in law school to make a difference and isn’t waiting until she has a degree to get started. She serves as the Business Editor for Touro Law Review and as the President of the Women’s Bar Association, Vice President of the Public Interest Law Organization, and Vice President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Madison was named a 2024 Pro Bono Scholar and will be working with the Federal Defenders of New York to help advocate for defendants in federal criminal matters and ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. She is a student ambassador at Touro Law, the student liaison to the Suffolk County Women in the Courts Committee, a student member of the Theodore Roosevelt Inn of Court, and is involved with pro bono work through the Breaking Barriers program. Madison also volunteers with New Hour and goes into the Nassau County Correctional Facility once a week to do Know Your Rights trainings and meet with incarcerated women alongside an attorney who also volunteers for New Hour. She completed an externship with the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Madison is also a Board Member of Aspire to Autonomy, Inc., a Founding Member of Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week, and volunteers with the Michael Ann & Saquon Barkley Hope Foundation.