Syracuse University (Education)
Syracuse University (MEd)
Syracuse University (J.D.)
I speak Spanish well enough to have taught and tutored Spanish from elementary school through Spanish 4 high school.I quit my law practice after 15 years to go back to teaching, which I enjoy much more. I taught social studies in the Syracuse City School District and I have also focused on tutoring for the past 20 years.
I tutored for 9 years with the Toomey Unaccompanied Minor Refugee Program at Catholic Charities. Also for Onondaga County Case Management. I was the Program Director for after school tutoring for the Syracuse City School District through NCLB Title I (No Child Left Behind) where I ran the tutoring programs at Pioneer Homes Learning Center and Central Village Learning Center. I have also done private tutoring for many years. I tutored adults at the Westside Learning Center for the Syracuse City School District. I tutor most standardized tests, common core math, algebra and geometry, all social sciences, and all English and English as a Second language subjects. I also teach learning and studying skills, note-taking skills, and anxiety reducing skills.
I love history! I have written one history book and I am researching a second. My Masters degree (MS Ed) is from the Syracuse University School of Education and the internationally recognized Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. I teach interesting concepts and ideas and relate them to today. My goal is to encourage my students to love history like I do, not just think it's memorizing dates that they will forget by the next semester.
I also teach piano and guitar and I formerly toured with many famous bands and entertainers. When not performing, I customized Steinway pianos and Hammond B-3 organs on special order from record companies and bands. I teach chess on YouTube for beginners of chess, beginners of Spanish, and English Language Learners. I also have produced a 10 minute video about my history book on YouTube. Both can be found on my Rick Levine Facebook pages. I also coach soccer and continue to play in adult leagues. I use chess and soccer as gateways to English for my English Language Learners, both children and adults. I speak Spanish well enough to have taught and tutored Spanish from elementary school through Spanish 4 high school.I quit my law practice after 15 years to go back to teaching, which I enjoy much more. I taught social studies in the Syracuse City School District and I have also focused on tutoring for the past 20 years.
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My skill at reading is unquestionable. I have a BA, an MS Ed, and a JD from Syracuse University and permanent certification to teach social studies grades 7-12. Social studies involves more reading than any other subject, except, perhaps, a course in literature. I have practiced law, taught, and tutored, for over 30 years.
My ability to teach reading is reflected in my 9 years of work with refugees who spoke no English when they were assigned to me. I taught them how to read, write, and speak English and then I taught them all their subjects. Some of them have now graduated from four-year universities and have gone on to graduate school. I have also substitute taught all levels of reading, including students with reading learning disabilities. Over the years I have attended many workshops geared for teaching reading skills, especially for English Language Learners and I have developed many strategies to teach reading and reading comprehension to ELL's which are directly applicable to native English speakers. I have also taught literacy to English speakers (reading, writing, and reading comprehension.
I am a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. Many of my professors are now State and Federal judges. As a student, I studied volumes of case law including the brief written by my father in the landmark civil rights case, Feiner v. U.S. I also sat on the jury of the nationally known Grossman Competition and I was a Dean's List student.
After law school, I ran study groups to prepare for the bar exam. All of my students passed the bar exam on the first attempt.
I was admitted to practice in 1983. I was a public defender for three years and then I opened my own practice for 17 years. I was admitted to practice before all courts in New York State through the Fourth Department of The Appellate Division, the Federal Court for the Northern District of New York, The New York State Court of Appeals, and The United States Tax Court.
I retired from the private practice of law in 2003 to devote my full time to teaching and tutoring and writing books.
I also hold a BA degree from the Syracuse University School of Education and an MS Ed degree from the Syracuse University School of Education and the renowned Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Relations at Syracuse University.
As a teacher, I taught politics in government, constitutional law, and social studies and I was the Director of two after-school tutoring programs for The Syracuse City School District.
I also tutored in the Toomey Unaccompanied Minor Refugee Program for Catholic Charities after school and on weekends for 8 years.
My legal experience and my teaching and tutoring experience combine to make me an effective tutor and teacher for the bar exam. I teach all the necessary subject content, but for the bar exam, test-taking skills, simulated timed testing, time management, and organization are also very important and practicing those skills relieves stress and anxiety that can hinder performance on the exam. Most of my students finish early and sit and wait for the rest of the students to scramble to finish when the exam proctor announces "ten minutes remaining!"
I graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1982 and became a lawyer in 1983. In law school I sat on the jury in the nationally known Grossman Competition and submitted a paper for publication in the Bar Review entitled The Constitutionality of Group Homes for The Developmentally Disabled.
I taught and tutored a group of 12 students who were studying for the bar exam, and, thanks to my skill as a teacher and to my knowledge of the law, ALL of my students passed the bar exam on the first try!
I have studied and analyzed many important Supreme Court decisions on criminal law, including the brief written by my father in Feiner vs. U.S.
I spent my first three years as a public defender, working almost exclusively as a criminal attorney. After that I opened my own private general practice of law where I continued practicing criminal law, but I also took on a wide range of civil cases.
Previously I had obtained a BA and an MS Ed from the Syracuse University School of Education
and permanent certification as a social studies teacher in New York State.
I have since continued to do private tutoring for the bar exam and through the Syracuse City School District as Director of Tutoring for after school programs through NCLB Title I (The No Child Left Behind Act), for Onondaga County Case Management, and for the Toomey Unaccompanied Minor Refugee Program.
I also taught at the Beard alternative School for the Syracuse City School District. I was the last stop before my students would either get straightened out or end up in prison or dead. I lost two students; one of whom was shot and killed outside one of my centers.
I became a clearinghouse at Beard and at other tough schools where I taught the students what was rumor and what was truth about our legal system; what were their rights and what were their responsibilities.
I bring to my tutoring in criminal justice a unique combination of a career as a teacher, tutor, and attorney. When I teach or tutor criminal justice, I teach it from experience and as a professional teacher and tutor.
I am now or at one time have been:
Admitted to practice law in all of the courts in the fourth Department of the State of New York
The Federal Court in the Northern District of New York
The United States Tax Court
The New York State Court of Appeals
The American Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association
The Onondaga County Bar Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
The New York State Trial Lawyers Association
The Upstate New York Trial Lawyers Association
The Syracuse Law College Association
The American Judicature Society
The Syracuse Teachers Association
The American Legion
The Military Order of the Purple Heart
The United States Chess Federation
An Eagle Scout and Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts of America
and I also speak Spanish.
I have earned degrees from Syracuse University:a BA in Liberal Arts;an MS Ed: Masters in Education from the Syracuse University School of Education with a dual major in History and Political Science from the renowned Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, studying directly under the Maxwell School Professor of Political Science chairman Dr. William Coplin, Professor and later United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and textbook authors Dr. Frederick Blake, Dr. William Walsh, and many other internationally renowned political scientists and historians.
I have a 20+ year background in teaching courses and tutoring in politics in government, political science, constitutional Law, global studies, American history, the history of Central and South America, and the history of Ancient Civilizations with content areas in each course including emphasis on appropriate political science topics related to each course.
I have completed my first history book ready for publication, written on the politics between Nazi Germany and the United States before and during World War II and the Holocaust titled "The Mogen David of Barth on The Baltic."
I am currently doing research on my second book, untitled at this time, on the Spanish Diaspora of 1492 and its major impact on the Spanish government and on governments around the of the world.
I obtained my Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1982, studying directly under well-known constitutional law experts and political scientists, the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Magistrate for the Northern District of New York, and many professors who now sit as judges and justices on the New York State Supreme Court bench and the Appellate Division of the Fourth Department for the State of New York.
I have practiced law for 20+ years, including teaching and tutoring constitutional law and government. I retired from the active practice of law to return to teaching and tutoring.
I have since been a social studies teacher for the Syracuse City School District. I originally obtained my permanent certification to teach social studies grades 7-12 in 1971 and I am still currently active as a teacher, substitute teacher, and tutor in the Syracuse City School District. The courses that I tutor include politics in government, macroeconomics, microeconomics,political science, and sociology, along with history and all social sciences on the elementary, high school, college, and law school levels.