Seymour James Named Lawyer in Residence at Touro

Seymour W. James, Jr., Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, has been named the 2015 Public Interest Lawyer in Residence at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

James, who will hold the title for one academic year, will have a two-day residency at Touro Law's Central Islip campus on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. During the residency, James will meet with several classes—specifically those studying racism and the law, evidence, constitutional law, and American trial courts—and with student leaders. He will hold a public lecture called "Drugs, Race and the Right to Counsel" at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, which will be free and open to the public. He also will meet with faculty and bring members of his staff to give a presentation on what Legal Aid does and what the organization looks for when hiring new staffers.

James, who was appointed Attorney-in-Chief of the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization last year, is an internationally recognized expert in criminal justice. He has devoted his entire legal career of 40 years to ensuring that poor New Yorkers receive high quality representation. A former President of the New York State Bar Association, he obtained his law degree from the Boston University School of Law.