Hofstra Law School

June 6, 2011

Attorney Raymond Joseph Zuppa earned a Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, New York. Graduating third in his class, Zuppa also received the Constitutional Law, Outstanding Law Student, and Criminal Justice awards while at the institution.

Hofstra Law School provides instruction to students seeking to earn a J.D. or an LL.M. Graduation requirements vary depending upon the program. For the J.D. track, applicants need to decide what type of schedule they wish to follow, whether it’s full or part time. During their first year at the law school, students attend required courses with 35 to 45 peers. In the second and third years, pupils have a choice of which classes they want to take, allowing them to design individualized programs in their areas of interest while developing necessary legal skills. Hofstra’s faculty strives to supplement classroom education with practical skills, doctrines, and procedures throughout the three years of full-time study.

In addition, the institution comprises seven institutes and centers and four journals. The institutes focus on legal ethics; gender, law, and policy; conflict transformation; health law and policy; legal advocacy; applied legal reasoning; and children, families and the law. The journals include the Hofstra Law Review, the Family Court Review, the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Review, and the Journal of International Business and Law. To participate in the development of a publication, students must excel academically and submit quality work to the writing competition, or directly submit a piece for publication.

J.D. students also have an opportunity to participate in one of Hofstra’s seven law clinics, which allows them to represent clients from underserved populations. Today, the law clinics enjoy a positive reputation and provide students with an opportunity to practice law. For some individuals, this may be their only chance to represent clients before joining a firm or accepting a position in the workforce. The clinics focus on the following areas: criminal justice, child advocacy, community and economic development, mediation, political asylum, securities arbitration, and law reform advocacy.

To learn more about Hofstra Law School, please visit the website http://law.hofstra.edu.

A fierce consumer rights advocate, New York attorney Raymond Joseph Zuppa has spent his career seeking justice for his clients. Previously serving as an Assistant District Attorney with the Office of the Kings County District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, Raymond Joseph Zuppa currently owns and operates The Zuppa Firm PLLC. Mr. Zuppa’s consumer advocacy is so respected that he received a 2008 nomination for Lexis/Nexis Legal Research Policyholder Attorney of the Year. Mr. Zuppa was also a key figure in drafting “anti-runner” legislation in New York as part of a multi-faceted approach to minimizing fraudulent claims. Below, Raymond Joseph Zuppa explains the anti-runner legislation.

No-fault insurance fraud harms honest consumers. While perpetrators of insurance crimes believe that they are obtaining money from large corporations, in truth, the insurance carriers pass those costs on to their customers. No-fault automobile insurance states like New York report a steady increase in fraud, and perhaps more disturbingly, an increase in violent criminals involved in the activity of defrauding insurance companies.

A typical insurance fraud follows a formula, and often involves multiple branches, including attorneys, health care providers, individuals, and “runners.” Because there is big money available in accident insurance fraud, attorneys and health care providers that engage in fraudulent activity often hire “runners,” people who get paid for finding patients/clients to participate in phony insurance claims. Fraudulent claims may involve staged accidents and inappropriate or excessive treatment.

As part of a multi-pronged approach to minimizing no-fault insurance fraud, the New York Legislature passed “anti-runner” legislation, which imposes misdemeanor charges, imprisonment, and civil penalties for each instance in which professionals utilize runners. Likewise, those acting as runners will receive similarly harsh penalties.

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