HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University announced that the Charles and Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation
has donated $10,000 to help fund two of the school’s programs that serve at-risk youth in the community. The Hermanowski Foundation, which was founded by Hofstra Law alumna Joan Hermanowski ’76 and her husband, Charles, strives to improve and transform the lives of children and young adults living in the United States.
“The Hermanowski Foundation’s support will help Hofstra Law run public service programs that serve at-risk youth and make an impact in the local community,” said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “In addition, these programs foster the personal and professional growth of our students as they experience firsthand the positive difference they can make in the lives of young people.”
This grant will provide financial support for the Law School’s involvement with the Nassau County Youth Court
, a program of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office through which adolescents adjudicate low-level criminal offenses committed by their peers. Throughout the academic year, Hofstra Law students work in collaboration with the DA’s office to train students from Hempstead, East Meadow and Uniondale high schools to serve in the roles needed to conduct a legal hearing — such as attorneys, jurors, bailiffs and clerks — for the youth court.
“We are privileged to be involved with some of the Law School’s programs that have such a positive impact on the lives of young adults,” said Joan Hermanowski. “These initiatives are very much in line with the foundation’s mission to provide young people with tools to help them succeed. It is also very gratifying to be able to support law students at my alma mater who are dedicated to this type of work.”
A portion of the grant will also be used to continue the Hermanowski Foundation’s support of the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Program, which was developed several years ago by two Hofstra Law alumnae: Franca Sachs ’06, executive director of fellowship programs and director of continuing legal education at Hofstra Law, and Hempstead High School teacher Hillary Light ’78. These additional funds will enable Hofstra Law students to continue coaching a team from Hempstead High School to compete in the New York State Mock Trial Competition, as well as allow Hofstra Law to explore expanding the program.