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    Saul Touster arrived at Brandeis as a part-time visiting professor in the Legal Studies Department during the years 1979-1980. In 1982, Touster was named the Joseph M. Proskauer Professor in Law and Social Welfare at Brandeis. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Professor Touster had already acquired extensive experience in the legal teaching profession. Having received his J.D. in 1948 from Harvard Law School - Harvard also being his undergraduate alma mater, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1946 - Touster entered the general practice of law in New York City. In 1955, he began his teaching career as a Professor of Law at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Law. Touster taught for over twenty years in the SUNY and CUNY systems. Under Professor Touster's leadership, Brandeis developed the Legal Studies Program, an undergraduate concentration that continues to this day. Beyond his positions as legal professor and Director of the Legal Studies Program, Touster was also very active in the general administration of Brandeis University. During his years at Brandeis, Professor Touster served as the Director of the Humanities and the Professions Program and as Chairman of the Academic Planning Committee. He also played an important role on the Sexual Harassment Committee, and participated on an ad hoc committee for Stuart Altman regarding professional programs at universities. During the years 1990-1991, Touster served as Counselor to the President while Stuart Altman served as Interim President. He retired from Brandeis in 1993.