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Attorneys & Staff

 Michael Newman, Esq.

Michael Newman, Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Touro University 


Michael Newman, Esq. is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Touro University 

Nicholas S. Janiga

Nicholas S. Janiga, Esq.
Vice President, Chief Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary
New York Medical College


Nicholas S. Janiga, Esq. is Vice President, Chief Counsel, and Assistant Corporate Secretary to New York Medical College (NYMC). He is responsible for the primary representation of the Office of the General Counsel at NYMC through the oversight of the College's legal affairs and institutional compliance process. 

Mr. Janiga has more than a decade of experience in higher education law including strategic planning, contracting, creative problem solving, risk mitigation, corporate governance, and regulatory representation as general counsel of an allied health postsecondary institution and as senior educational counsel at Dow Lohnes, PLLC (now Cooley, LLP). He has worked to shape educational policy as an accreditation evaluator, educational lobbyist, and author of regulatory comments. Mr. Janiga earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan (B.S.) and is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, DC.

Mr. Janiga is a deputy general counsel of Touro University (TU) reporting to System General Counsel Michael Newman, J.D., and Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., NYMC’s chancellor and chief executive officer.

Angela Harris, Esq.
Associate Counsel
New York Medical College

Angela Harris, Esq. is Associate Counsel to New York Medical College. Before joining NYMC, Ms. Harris spent more than a decade in private practice, litigating complex commercial disputes in federal, state, and arbitral tribunals and conducting internal investigations on behalf of public companies. She has significant experience in the higher education sector, having worked from 2015-2019 for Keeling & Associates, a consulting firm that works to improve outcomes and experiences at colleges and universities through strategic planning, program reviews, and advising.


Ms. Harris earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and served on the managing board of the Virginia Law Review. After her graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable T.S. Ellis, III, of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Emily Bernstein, M.S. 
Director of Contract Administration
New York Medical College
Administrative Building
(914) 594-4567

Emily Bernstein, M.S. is the Director of Contract Administration for the Office of the General Counsel, New York Medical College. Prior to joining New York Medical College in March 2011, Ms. Bernstein spent more than 20 years as a litigation paralegal with Bingham McCutchen LLP. She has a B.A. degree in Sociology from Clark University, a Paralegal Certification from Mercy College and a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Iona College.