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Jews & Justice Series


The Dangers of Holocaust Denial (February 2008)
• Mr. Kenneth Stern, the American Jewish Committee.
• Ms. Lilly Roth, survivor of the Holocaust.
• Fr. James Loughran, director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
• Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty, founder and president of SUNSGLOW-Global Training in the Rule of Law.

Jewish Lawyers in the Civil Rights Movement  (September 2007)
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• Jack Greenberg, Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Professor of Law at Columbia University;
• Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism;
• Anne Roiphe, a distinguished American Jewish journalist and author.

Religion in the Public Square: A Transnational Conversation on Freedom and Tolerance (April 2007)
• Ian Buruma - R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College.
• Pierre Hazan - Political Advisor to Patrice Mugny, Minister of Culture of the City of Geneva.
• Nadine Strossen - Professor of Law, New York Law School, and President of the American Civil Liberties Union.
• J.H.H. Weiler - University Professor and Joseph Straus Chair, NYU School of Law; Director, The Hauser Global Law School Program.
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Jews and the Legal Profession (October 2006)
On October 22-24, 2006, the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work co-sponsored a conference on Jews and the Legal Profession at Cardozo Law School. Other cosponsors included the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Harvard Law School's Program on the Legal Profession and New York Law School's Center for Professional Values and Practice. The conference explored the historical and sociological roots of discrimination, the rise and re-creation of professional elites in the law, and the emergence of modern legal structures in response to Jewish claims to full participation and membership in American society.
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The Rise and Transformation of the Jewish Law Firm: From Discrimination to Competition (May 2006)
• Professor Eli Wald, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
• Professor David Wilkins, The Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
• Professor Russell G. Pearce, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham Law School.

Religion in America: A Conversation (March 2006)
This program explored hot-button issues in church-state relations, including controversies over the constitutioniality of moments of silence, ten commandment displays, teaching of intelligent design, and vouchers for religious education.
• Professor Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law at New York Law School and President of the American Civil Liberties Union.
• Professor Noah Feldman, New York University School of Law.
• Professor Russell G. Pearce, Fordham Law School.

Law's Empire and the Sea of the Talmud: Ronald Dworkin on Jewish Law and Interpretation (December 2005)
• Professor Ronald Dworkin, Oxford University and New York University School of Law.

The International Court of Justice & Israel's Fence: Just Politics or Justice? (December 2004)
This panel focused on the International Court of Justice's decision finding Israel's fence to be in violation of international law. The discussion aimed to put the decision into context and to explore its legal and political ramifications.
• Professor Ruti Teitel, The Professor Ernst C. Stiefel, Professor of Comparatie Law at New York Law School.
• Richard J. Goldstone, Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former Chief Prosecutor of the UN War Crimes Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
• Dinah PoKempner, General Cousnel, Human Rights Watch.
• Roy Schondorf, Former Senior Legal Adviser, IDF.
• Jonathan Tepperman, Senior Editor and Production Manager of Foreign Affairs.

Religious Controversy in the Presidential Campaign from Jewish Perspectives (September 2004)
This panel considered diverse Jewish perspectives on the controversial religious issues arising in the 2004 Presidential elections including stem cell research, same-sex marriage, government funding of faith-based social services and education, and efforts to use churches to organize political campaigns.
• J.J. Goldberg, Editor in Chief of The Forward.
• William Rapfogel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
• Hannah Rosenthal, Executive Director, Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
• Albert Vorspan, Senior Vice-President Emeritus of the Union of Hebrew Congregations.

Tolerance: The Perspective of Religious Traditions (June 2004)
This program discussed the extent to which religion itself can play a critical role in developing arguments and resources for tolerance, and how religious perspectives on tolerance may foster an environment that supports diverse ways of life within one nation.
• David Berger, the Broeklundian Professor of History, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
• Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, National Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Thought at Seton Hall University.
• Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Princeton University.
• Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia.

Religion, Responsibilities and Relations: Responses to Mel Gibson's Film (February 2004)
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• Professor Paula Fredricksen, The Aurelio Professor of Scipture at Boston University.
• Rabbi Eugene Korn, Adjunct Professor of Jewish Thought, Department of Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University.
• Sr. Mary Boys, Professor of Practical Theory at Union Theological Seminary.
• Deal Hudson, Crisis magazine.

How Judaism Shaped Western Democracy (October 2003)
• Fania Oz-Saizberger, Senior Lecturer at the School of History and the Faculty of Law, Haifa University.
• Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
• Michael Walzer, Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study Princeton University.
• Edward Rothstein, Critic at Large for the New York Times.

Jewish Lawyers and Justice (March 2003)
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• Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School.
• Professor Samuel Levine, Pepperdine University School of Law.
• Bettina Plevan, Esq., Proskauer Rose, LLP.

Israel as Jewish and Democratic State (September 2002)
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• Justice Aharon Barak, President of the Israeli Supreme Court.