May 4, 2015



Toby Golick to Retire After 30 Years of Overseeing Cardozo Clinics

Professor Leslie Salzman
Professor Toby Golick

May 4, 2015 – New York, NY –  Dean Matthew Diller has announced the appointment of Leslie Salzman as Director of Clinical Education at Cardozo effective July 1, succeeding Toby Golick, who is retiring after serving a remarkable 30 years overseeing the growth of clinical education at Cardozo Law.

Professor Salzman has been teaching on the faculty since 1990 as a clinical professor of law and has directed the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, which offers free legal services to the elderly and disabled. Toby Golick, a pioneer in legal clinical education, was the founding director of Bet Tzedek. This was one of Cardozo’s first clinics along with the Criminal Defense Clinic, which was established by Barry Scheck, who later started the Innocence Project.

Professor Salzman has taught students and represented clients at Cardozo’s Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic for 25 years. Under her guidance, generations of Cardozo lawyers gained real-world experience providing legal services to low-income individuals.  Over the years, she has also conducted class action litigation enforcing the rights of older individuals and individuals with disabilities. She will continue as the director of Bet Tzedek, and will teach mediation and disability law.  

“Leslie is an outstanding teacher, dedicated to her students and her clients,” said Dean Diller. “She is leader on our faculty and she will do a magnificent job stepping into this vitally important position.”

After graduating from New York University School of Law, Professor Salzman was Pro Se law clerk in the Second Circuit. Prior to coming to Cardozo, she was an attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she specialized in litigation concerning the rights of individuals with physical and mental disabilities, and at South Brooklyn Legal Services. She lectures on disability law and benefits issues and has written scholarly works, including Rethinking Guardianship, published in the University of Colorado Law Review.

Toby Golick is a nationally recognized leader in legal services and education. Under Professor Golick’s leadership, the experiential learning program at Cardozo expanded to include 15 clinics, in a wide range of areas from criminal defense to The Indie Film Clinic. She helped Cardozo Law become a leading innovator in legal education, and helped establish the field clinics program, which places teams of students in law practices around the New York region. Professor Golick always brought experience and dedication to her students.

“Toby has been the most inspiring kind of teacher,” said Dean Diller. “Her experience and compassionate approach to real world issues have been a hallmark of her contributions to the law school.”


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John DeNatale

Assistant Dean of Communications