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Alvin Dorfman has handled personal injury cases from inception through trial for more than 40 years.
The son of Russian Immigrants, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York, attended Brooklyn College and graduated Columbia Law School, where he achieved the distinction of being a Harlan Fiske Scholar.
His practice emphasizes personal injury, criminal, civil rights and civil liberties cases. His political activities have included running for District Attorney of Nassau County twice, running for the Nassau County legislature, and running for the New York State Assembly.
Mr. Dorfman is widely recognized for his impressive ability as an attorney and for his broad community involvement. Very notable in his background is his deep and abiding commitment to civil rights issues. Mr. Dorfman has been very active in defending civil rights activists, racial discrimination cases, freedom of information issues and integration issues.
He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Coordinating Committee for Civil Rights. He was a Board Member and the Treasurer of CARECEN, the Central American Refugee Center in Hempstead. And, he has been an Attorney for a number of Nassau County community, civic and charitable organizations.
Mr. Dorfman fought a winning legal battle for a group of 100 Hispanic tenants who were being evicted from their apartment house complex in Hicksville. He spoke out for the residents of a minority neighborhood in Long Beach against the advertising weekly newspaper for engaging in a racially motivated economic boycott. He represented the residents of the Moxy-Rigby Housing Project against the Freeport Housing Authority in their struggle for adequate premises security. And, he represented Lakeview’s minority students in their historic fight in the Malverne School District busing case.
He’s been honored by many organizations including the Long Island Progressive Coalition, the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and the American Jewish Congress.
Mr. Dorfman has been a Freeport resident for more than 50 years and together with his wife, Rochelle, raised four children and now enjoy the blessings of 23 grandchildren.
In December 1997, a group of 100 tenants, mostly Hispanic, received word from the Town of Oyster Bay that they would be immediately evicted from a building complex in Hicksville. Al Dorfman represented the tenants in a successful legal challenge to the planned eviction.
In 1982 Al Dorfman represented the residents of a minority section of Long Beach against the advertising weekly called the Pennysaver, charging that the Pennysaver had engaged in a racially motivated economic boycott of their neighborhood. In 1984, as part of the settlement, the Pennysaver agreed to distribute the paper to the neighborhood.
In 1974 Mr. Dorfman represented Dennis Dillon, then a Democratic candidate for Nassau County District Attorney, in a suit against the incumbent DA. It was the first lawsuit brought under the recently enacted Freedom of Information Law.
In 1967, the only Black teacher at Baldwin High School, Maurice McNeill, was accused of molesting a 16 year old, white female student. The School Board pressed administrative charges against the teacher. A large segment of the community supported McNeill. Mr. Dorfman represented McNeill at the school disciplinary hearings that lasted approximately two months. McNeill was fully exonerated at the conclusion of the hearings and reinstated with back pay. The hearings were covered by the national and international press and the major broadcast networks.
In 1969, during a period of racial tension at Long Beach High School, a Black student was arrested and charged with desecrating the American flag. Al Dorfman represented the student. During the four day trial, one witness invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer after Dorfman asked him if he had fabricated the charges. The student was acquitted after the jury deliberated only 10 minutes.
New York, 1958
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1957
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Designated a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, 1954
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Criminal Justice, Adelphi University, late 1970s
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
New York State Defenders Association
New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1960 – Present
Nassau County Bar Association, 1960 – Present
New York Civil Liberties Union, Nassau Chapter, 1970 – 1998
National Governing Council of the American Jewish Congress
American Jewish Congress
Former Vice President of Long Island Region & President of South Shore General Division
Long Island Coordinating Committee for Civil Rights
Former Chairman and member of Board of Directors
Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN)
Former member of Board of Directors, Treasurer, and Attorney
Five Towns Forum, 2001 – 2011
Freeport Community Worklink Center
Lawyers’ Constitutional Defense Committee
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party & Mississippi Challenge
Former Chairman of Long Island Committee of Support
Wharlest Jackson Memorial Fund
Founder & former chairman (NAACP leader killed in Mississippi)
Holocaust Survivors Association, 1996 – 2003
Nassau County Democratic Party
Former member of Executive and Policy Committees
Nassau County Democratic Party
Former candidate for County Legislator, 1975, and State Assembly, 1976
Nassau County Democratic Party
Former candidate for Nassau DA, 1968 and 1974
Nassau County Democratic Party Law Committee
Long Island Council for Integrated Housing, 1964 – 1968
Former member of Board of Directors
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
Baldwin School Board vs. Maurice McNeill, 1967 – 1968
Malverne School District busing 1978
Class action suit against Long Beach Pennysaver, 1982 – 1984
Moxey Rigby housing project residents vs. Freeport Housing Authority 1989
Asbestos removal in Hempstead High School 1991
Mass tenant eviction in Hicksville by Town of Oyster Bay, 1997 – 1998
Freedom of Information Law and Nassau County DA 1974
Attorney for Southern Christian Leadership Conference in St. Augustine, FL 1964
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year||CARECEN||1997|
|Kairos Award||LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives||1997|
|“Long Islander who has made a difference”||LI Progressive Coalition||1994|
|Allard K. Lowenstein Memorial Award||American Jewish Congress||1984|
|John F. Kennedy Memorial Award||Freeport Democratic Club||1975|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Nassau County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|New York State Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|New York State Defenders Association||N/A||N/A|
|City University of New York, Brooklyn College||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Columbia University School of Law||N/A||N/A||N/A|