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Professor Oren Gross
Irving Younger Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School


Professor Oren Gross is the Irving Younger Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He was a member of the faculty of the Tel Aviv University Law School in Israel from 1996 to 2002. He has also taught and held visiting positions at Harvard Law School (where he held the position of Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems in 2012-13); Princeton University; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; the Max Planck Institute for International Law and Comparative Public Law in Heidelberg, Germany; the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast (while a British Academy visiting professor); Queen’s University in Belfast; the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain); and Brandeis University. Professor Gross has received numerous academic awards and scholarships, including a Fulbright scholarship and British Academy and British Council awards.

Between 1986 and 1991, Professor Gross served as a senior legal advisory officer in the international law branch of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In 1998, he served as the legal adviser to an Israeli delegation that negotiated an agreement with the Palestinian Authority’s senior officials concerning the economic component of a permanent status agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Professor Gross’s work has been published extensively. His articles appeared in leading academic journals such as the Yale Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Michigan Journal of International Law, Minnesota Law Review, Florida Law Review and Cardozo Law Review. His book, Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice, co-authored with Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship by the American Society of International Law in 2007. His most recent book, Guantanamo and Beyond: Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative Perspective, co-edited with Professor Ní Aoláin, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

Professor Gross joined the University of Minnesota in 2002 and was appointed as the Vance K. Opperman research scholar in 2003 and the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law in 2004. In 2004 he was also the recipient of the John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler Research Grant. He was appointed as the Irving Younger Professor of Law in 2005.

Professor Gross practiced law at Sullivan and Cromwell in 1995-1996 and is a member of both the New York and Israeli bars. In 2008 he joined the American Law Institute as an elected member.



   
 
 
Jeffrey S. Robbins
Member, Mintz Levin


Jeff specializes in complex civil litigation, including litigation involving allegations of fraud, First Amendment issues, and claims of defamation.

In 1997, Jeff was appointed Deputy Chief Counsel for the Minority of the US Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Special Investigation into campaign fundraising practices, in which capacity he represented the Democratic senators in connection with the full Committee’s investigation into fundraising during the 1996 presidential election. He also served as Chief Counsel for the Minority of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, representing the Ranking Member and the Democratic senators in connection with the Subcommittee’s investigations into areas that included Medicare fraud and governmental waste and abuse.

Between 1987 and 1990, Jeff served as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Massachusetts, focusing on civil fraud investigations and litigation against governmental contractors, physicians, and pharmacies. In 1989, he was appointed as the first Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, in which capacity he oversaw investigations and asset forfeiture cases involving narcotics and money laundering rings. He received commendations from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the General Services Administration.

He has represented a number of parties in connection with Congressional investigations, and has been appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, representing the former Secretary of State of the Commonwealth in connection with Congressional redistricting and public records litigation.



   
 
 
Todd F. Braunstein, Esq.
WilmerHale, LLC
Washington, DC


Todd F. Braunstein is a counsel in the Investigations & Criminal Litigation practice group at the law firm WilmerHale, LLP. As a former federal prosecutor, he has years of experience in all phases of the investigative process, on both the government and the defense side. And as a former White House and Senate adviser, he similarly has years of experience in the legal policy arena. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.



   
 
 
Adam S. Feuerstein
Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Adam S. Feuerstein is a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law.  His practice encompasses a broad range of transactional and tax planning matters. He regularly advises taxable and tax-exempt clients on issues involving commercial transactions, including the tax aspects of forming strategic joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations; structuring private equity, venture capital, real estate, and other investment funds; and effecting acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, and public offerings.  Mr. Feuerstein regularly advises non-profit organizations regarding federal and state tax exemptions, the structure of their investments, campaign and lobbying activities and the application of the unrelated business income tax.  He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government, and Cornell University.



   
 
 
Gregory H. Stanton
Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University.



Gregory H Stanton is Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University.  He is also President of Genocide Watch and Chair of the International Alliance to End Genocide.

Professor Stanton has received degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School and a masters and doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2001-2002).

He served as a legal advisor to RUKH, the Ukrainian Independence Movement, work for which he was named the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America’s 1992 Man of the Year. He was also the chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Committee on Human Rights and a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on World Order Under Law.

Stanton served as a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department from 1992 to 1999, where he drafted the UN Security Council Resolutions (955 and 978) that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and UNSC Resolutions 1012 and 1013 that created the Burundi Commission of Inquiry and the Central Africa Arms Flow Commission. He also drafted the UN Peacekeeping Resolutions that helped end the Mozambique civil war. He was a member of the War Crimes

Working Group and wrote the Options Paper on how to bring the Khmer Rouge leaders to justice for their crimes in Cambodia.

In 1995, Stanton received the prestigious W. Averell Harriman Award given by the American Foreign Service Association to one Foreign Service Officer each year for “extraordinary contributions to the practice of diplomacy exemplifying intellectual courage,” based on his dissent from U.S. policy on the Rwandan genocide.

After the U.S. voted against the International Criminal Court in in Rome in July, 1998, Stanton decided to create Genocide Watch, the International Campaign to End Genocide, the first international anti-genocide coalition, which was launched in 1999 at the Hague Appeal for Peace. After resigning from the State Department, Stanton served as co-chair of the Washington Working Group for the International Criminal Court, which successfully lobbied for President Clinton to sign the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court. (It was unsigned by President George W. Bush during his first month in office in 1999.)

Since leaving the State Department in 1999 to found Genocide Watch, Stanton has been deeply involved in the U.N.-Cambodian government negotiations that have brought about creation of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, for which he has drafted internal rules of procedure and evidence.

Actively involved in human rights since the 1960s, when he was a voting rights worker in Mississippi, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ivory Coast and as the Church World Service/CARE Field Director in Cambodia in 1980. He has been a law professor at Washington and Lee and American Universities and the University of Swaziland, and has served as the James Farmer Professor in Human Rights at the University of Mary Washington.

Stanton served as the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President from 2005 to 2007.



   
 
 
Stephen R. Greenwald, Esq.
New York, New York


Stephen R. Greenwald is a lawyer, educator, media executive and consultant and non-profit association leader and activist. A graduate of New York University Law School, he started his legal career as a tax lawyer , with a specialization in estate planning and deferred compensation. Stephen taught law at Temple University School of Law in the 1970’s and has also taught at Cardozo Law School and Hebrew University and the College of Management in Israel. He is currently an adjunct professor and scholar-in- residence at Fordham University Law School. From 1999 to 2007 Stephen was President of Metropolitan College of New York. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the American Association of Jewish lawyers and Jurists and a Vice-President and member of the Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Stephen has worked in the media industry since 1980 and has been the CEO of several motion picture companies. He is the co- author of “This Business of Film”, published in 2009 by a division of Random House.



   
 
 
L. Rachel Lerman, Esq.
Barnes & Thornberg
Los Angeles, CA


L. Rachel Lerman is Vice President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center. She is a litigation partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office, and co-chairs the national Appeals and Critical Motions Practice Group. Formerly a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, she focuses on appellate practice and trial strategy in complex civil cases. She has handled writs and appeals in commercial, bankruptcy, intellectual property, labor, insurance, white collar, environmental, and family law cases in state and federal courts nationwide. She regularly does pro bono work on behalf of refugees and non-profit organizations filing amicus briefs in civil cases in state and federal courts.

Ms. Lerman earned her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and her M.A. and M.F.A. from Syracuse University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, a Schurman Scholar for International & Comparative Law at the Universitæt Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, and a doctoral candidate in Jurisprudence & Social Policy. After law school, she clerked for the late Honorable T.G. Nelson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Lerman is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Appellate Courts Committee. She is a Director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an entity tasked with creating an ABA-approved certification process for legal specialists.Ms. Lerman heads the committee responsible for creating a nationwide appellate specialist exam. She frequently volunteers as a moot court judge in mock trial competitions.

Ms. Lerman has received numerous awards and honors, including selection to the California Super Lawyersmagazine’s “Super Lawyers” list every year since 2003. She received the ACLU’s First Amendment Award in 2012. At her former firm, she received the Pro Bono Partner of the Year in 2011 and the Partner Recognition Award for mentoring and leadership in 2006. Ms. Lerman is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America.



   
 
 
David Menashri
President of the College of Law and Business


David Menashri is President of the College of Law and Business, Israel, and a renowned scholar of Iranian Studies and anti-Semitism. The founding director of the Center for Iranian Studies and the Parviz and Pouran Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian History at Tel Aviv University, he is also the former dean of Special Programs at Tel Aviv University. He has been a visiting Fulbright scholar at both Princeton and Cornell University and a visiting scholar at universities around the world, including the University of Chicago, Melbourne University and the University of Munich. A prolific author, Prof. Menashri is the recipient of numerous awards in Israel and abroad, and has received grants from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Foundation and Ben Gurion Foundation.



   
 
 
Tevi Troy
Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute


Tevi Troy is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, and a writer and consultant on health care and domestic policy.

On August 3, 2007, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Troy was the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees.  In that position, he oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, and mental health services.  He served as the regulatory Policy Officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance.  In addition, he led a number of initiatives at HHS, including implementing the President’s Management Agenda, combating bio-terrorism, and public health emergency preparedness.  He also sponsored a series of key conferences on improving HHS’ role with respect to innovation in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medical device industries.  Dr. Troy has led U.S. government delegations to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Africa.

Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in multiple high-level positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, where he ran the Domestic Policy Council and was the White House’s lead adviser on health care, labor, education, transportation, immigration, crime, veterans and welfare.  At the White House, Dr. Troy specialized in crisis management, creating intra-governmental consensus, and all aspects of policy development, including strategy, outreach and coalition building.  Dr. Troy spearheaded the White House’s American Competitiveness Initiative, featured in the 2007 State of the Union Address. He also served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary.

Before coming to the White House, Dr. Troy served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor, where he was the Department’s lead regulatory strategist.  At Labor, Dr. Troy crafted the Department’s new ergonomics policy, as well as plans for a compliance assistance strategy for the Department’s regulatory and enforcement arms.

Dr. Troy has held high-level positions on Capitol Hill as well.  From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Troy served as the Policy Director for Senator John Ashcroft. From 1996 to 1998, Troy was Senior Domestic Policy Adviser and later Domestic Policy Director for the House Policy Committee, chaired by Christopher Cox.  Dr. Troy has also been a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a Researcher at the American Enterprise Institute.

Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Troy’s many other affiliations include serving as a Contributing Editor for Washingtonian, a member of the publication committee of National Affairs, a member of the Board of Fellows of the Jewish Policy Center, a Visiting Scholar at the School of Policy and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Louis D. Brandeis Center.

Troy lives in Maryland with his wife Kami and four children.



   
 
 
Judd A. Serotta, Esq.
Blank Rome LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Judd A. Serotta is a litigation partner at Blank Rome LLP.  He has over 16 years of experience successfully litigating complex commercial disputes in a host of different federal and state jurisdictions throughout the United States, as well as through alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Mr. Serotta has also served as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies since 2003 and is a former executive officer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.  In addition, he serves as a member of the New Jersey Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as pro bono counsel to the Tri-County Va’ad Ha’Kashruth, which certifies kosher eating establishments in Southern New Jersey.



   
 
 
Catherine Chatterley
University of Manitoba, Canada
Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA)


Dr. Catherine Chatterley is the Founding Director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) and Editor-In Chief of its new periodical, Antisemitism Studies, published by Indiana University Press. She trained as a historian of modern European and Jewish history at The University of Chicago and currently teaches at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Catherine is an award-winning writer and frequent lecturer in Canada and the US, speaking on a variety of subjects including antisemitism, the Holocaust, and contemporary Europe.



   
 
 
Jonathan A. Vogel, Esq.
McGuire Woods
Charlotte, North Carolina


Jonathan A. Vogel is a partner in McGuireWoods, where he practices in the areas of government investigations and education law.  Mr. Vogel previously served as counsel to an assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as a deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of North Carolina (Charlotte).



   
 
 
Joel H. Siegal, Esq
Attorney at Law
San Francisco, CA


Joel H. Siegal is founder of the Law Offices of Joel H. Siegal, where he practices litigation.  For more than 25 years, he has represented people who don’t always have the resources to take on the big, powerful institutions of our society: big corporations, insurance companies and governments.  His expertise include the law of harassment, discrimination, personal injury and fraud.



   
 
 
Neal M. Sher, Esq.
Law Offices of Neal M. Sher
New York, New York


Neal M. Sher is founder of the Law Offices of Neal M. Sher and Of Counsel to Simon & Partners, LLP, where he specializes in litigation and government relations.  Previously, Mr. Sher served as Director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Executive Director of the American Israel Public Affairs committee (AIPAC), Special Advisor to the Attorney General of Canada, and Chief of Staff of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.  Mr. Sher has taught at Cornell, Hebrew, and George Washington universities and at Queens College.



   
 
 
Nathan Lewin, Esq.
Lewin & Lewin, LLP
Washington, DC


Nathan Lewin is a cofounder and partner in Lewin & Lewin, LLP, where he engages in trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts.  Mr. Lewin has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since its first editions and was included in “Washington’s Best 75 Lawyers” in the April 2002 Washingtonian magazine. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, Georgetown, and George Washington universities.  Mr. Lewin has served as president of the American Section of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and as President of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington.



   
 
 
Alan Gura, Esq.
Gura & Possessky, PLLC
Washington, DC


Alan Gura is a founder and partner in Gura & Possessky, PLLC.  Previously, Mr. Gura served as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight; as Deputy Attorney General for the State of California; and as an attorney with Sidley & Austin.  He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, and the State Bar of California. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal courts. In 2009, Alan was named one of Washington’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 and a Champion of Justice by Legal Times.



   
 
 
Ronald Daitz, Esq.
Weil Gotshal
New York, New York


Ronald Daitz is currently a senior counsel at Weil Gotshal, having been a partner of the firm for 35 years.
Mr. Daitz is a past chair of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, a section with more than 4,000 members, and was a member of the Executive Committee of that section. Mr. Daitz has been recognized as a leading banking lawyer in such publications as Euromoney’s Best of the Best and Guide to Leading Banking Lawyers, Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal and as a leading M&A lawyer in Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides.



   
 
 
Ruth R. Wisse
Harvard University, USA


Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and has taught at McGill, Stanford, New York, Hebrew and Tel Aviv universities.  A pre-eminent authority on modern Jewish literature and a widely published scholar, editor, essayist and columnist, Professor Wisse is most recently the author of Jews and Power.  Her work appears regularly in Commentary, Weekly Standard, and Jewish Review of Books.



   
 
 
Tammi Rossman Benjamin
University of California at Santa Cruz, USA


Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is cofounder and director of AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that investigates, documents and combats anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America, and was a faculty member in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of California from 1996 - 2016.  She writes, researches, advocates and lectures widely on campus anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and academic freedom. Her scholarly essays have been published in academic volumes and journals, and her numerous articles and op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, The Hill, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Daily News, the Forward, JTA and many others. She was nominated for Jewish Hero of the Year by the Jewish Federation of North America, named one of 2013’s Bright Pro-Israel Lights on U.S. Campuses by the Jewish Press and honored as one of the Jewish Top 100 by The Algemeiner.



   
 
 
Alyza Lewin, Esq.
Lewin & Lewin, LLP
Washington, DC


Alyza D. Lewin is a co-founder and partner in Lewin & Lewin, LLP, where she specializes in litigation and government relations. 

She has represented:

  • Agudas Chasidei Chabad (in its effort to obtain the release from Russia of the organization’s library and archives seized by the Soviets in violation of international law);
  • Menachem Zivotofsky and his parents (who seek the enforcement of a Congressional statute which provides that Menachem - who was born in Jerusalem - may list his place of birth on his U.S. passport as “Israel.”);
  • Sholom Rubashkin (the manager of Agriprocessors, once the largest kosher meat-packaging plant in the United States); and
  • the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”) (in a federal criminal investigation and prosecution of two AIPAC employees charged with unlawfully disclosing classified information.)

Prior to establishing Lewin & Lewin, Ms. Lewin worked at Wilmer Cutler and Pickering (now WilmerHale) and at Miller Cassidy Larroca and Lewin. She is President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“AAJLJ”) and has served on the Boards of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.



   
 
 
Charles A. Small
Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy


Dr. Charles Asher Small is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), and the Koret Distinguished Scholar, Stanford University, Hoover Institution. He was the founding Director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA); and lectured on the Ethics, Politics and Economic Program, Political Science Department, Yale University. He was the VATAT Research Fellow at Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, and the FCAR Research Fellow at the Groupement de recherche ethnicité et société, Université de Montréal.  He taught in departments of sociology and geography at Goldsmith College and University College, University of London, Tel Aviv University, and the Institute of Urban Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He was also Associate Professor and Director of Urban Studies at SCSU, Connecticut.  Charles received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, McGill University, Montreal; M.Sc. in Urban Development Economics, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London; and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil), St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.
He worked as a consultant and policy advisor in North America, Europe, Southern Africa and the Middle East; and lectured internationally.  He was a visiting Professor at the University of Vilnius and the University of Cape Town.



   
 
 
Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Indiana University, USA


Alvin Rosenfeld is Director of The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University in Bloomington.  A widely published author of books and articles on Holocaust literature, Professor Rosenfeld was appointed in 2002 by U.S. President George W. Bush to the governing council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.



   
 
 
Walter Reich
George Washington University, USA


Walter Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at The George Washington University; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Dr. Reich is a Co-Chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientists and was the Chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the American Psychiatric Association.  He received the 2004 Human Rights Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2003 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



   
 
 
Lesley Klaff
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Haifa University, Israel


Lesley Klaff is a senior lecturer in law at Sheffield Hallam University and an affiliate professor of law at Haifa University. She is expert in law and anti-Semitism, social and legal theory, and the English legal system.  Prof. Klaff serves as associate editor and book review editor of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA).  She has previously held visiting law appointments at Cleveland State, Akron, Miami, and St. Thomas, and was a member of the law faculty at the University of Westminster.



   
 
 
Karen Eltis
University of Ottawa, Canada
Columbia University


Professor Karen Eltis is a tenured faculty member at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada (Section de droit civil) and a Visiting Scholar and Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School. Karen specializes in Internet law and policy, comparative law and democratic governance. A past Director of the Human Rights Centre and of the bijuridical “National Programme, Karen served as Senior Advisor to the National Judicial Institute and has a book titled “Courts and Litigants in the Digital Age” (Toronto, Irwin Law), forthcoming in 2011.



   
 
 
Dina Porat
Kantor Center for the study of Contemporary European Jewry


Dina Porat, a Tel Aviv University professor of Jewish History, served as head of the Department of Jewish History, the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies, and the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism.  She is now head of the Kantor Center of Contemporary European Jewry (that includes the Moshe Kantor Database for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism), is incumbent of the the Alfred P. Slaner for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racisim, and Chief Historian of Yad Vashem.

Prof. Porat has written and edited a large number of books and articles on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (the biography she wrote on Abba Kovner, published by Stanford UP, won the 2010 National Jewish Award), was a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, New York, Venice International and the Hebrew universities, and was awarded TAU’s Faculty of Humanities best teacher for 2004.  Was a member of the Israeli Foreign Ministry delegations to four UN world conferences, and served as the academic advisor of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (2005-2010).



   
 
 
David E. Bernstein
George Mason University, USA


David E. Bernstein is Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where he has been teaching since 1995, interspersed with visiting appointments at the Georgetown, Michigan, and Brooklyn law schools.  Professor Bernstein is a past chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools’ Evidence section.  He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and books, most notably on evidence law, the Lochner Court, and antidiscrimination law.



   
 
 
Irwin Cotler
Honorary Chair
Member of Parliament (Canada)


Irwin Cotler is a Canadian Member of Parliament, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and a Professor of Law at McGill University, Canada (on leave).  An international human rights lawyer, Professor Cotler has served as Counsel to former prisoners of conscience in the former Soviet Union (Andrei Sakharov & Nathan Sharansky), South Africa (Nelson Mandela), Latin America (Jacobo Timmerman), and Asia (Trade Union Leader Muchtar Pakpahan), among others.



   
 
 
Richard Cravatts
Simmons College, USA


Dr. Cravatts has published over 350 articles, op-ed pieces, columns, and chapters in books on campus anti-Semitism, campus free speech, terrorism, Constitutional law, Middle East politics, real estate, and social policy, and is the author of the newly-released Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s War Against Israel & Jews.  Cravatts is President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.



   
 
 
Kenneth L. Marcus


Kenneth L. Marcus is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of The Definition of Anti-Semitism (Oxford University Press: 2015) and Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge University Press: 2010).  Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education.  The following year, Marcus was named to the Forward 50, the Jewish Daily Forward’s listing of the “American Jews who made the most significant impact on the news in the past year.” The Forward described its 50 honorees as “the new faces of Jewish power,” predicting that “if Marcus has any say in it, we may witness a new era of Jewish advocacy.”  During his public service career, Marcus served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Marcus previously held the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Before entering public service, Mr. Marcus was a litigation partner in two major law firms, where he conducted complex commercial and constitutional litigation. He has published widely in academic journals as well as in more popular venues such as Newsweek, USA Today, Politico, The Hill, The Jerusalem Post, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and The Christian Science Monitor.  Mr. Marcus is a graduate of Williams College, magna cum laude, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

 



   
 
 
Dawinder S. Sidhu
University of New Mexico, USA


Dawinder “Dave” S. Sidhu is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico and has held positions at Oxford University Faculty of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, the University of Baltimore School of Law, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Sidhu has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Baltimore School of Law, and has held research posts at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Harvard University’s Pluralism Project. He has served as a fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and a law clerk to U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. Sidhu has participated, on a volunteer basis, in several constitutional and civil rights cases before the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. His scholarship has been cited by practitioners in briefs before the Supreme Court of the United States (at the certiorari and merits stages), federal circuit courts, and state intermediate and high courts. In addition, his writings have appeared in various academic journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, popular publications, including the New York Times and Washington Post, and blogs, including SCOTUSblog and Lawfare.

Sidhu is a legal observer of military commissions at Guantanamo. He founded the law school chapter’s of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and serves as faculty advisor to both the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society student groups. He also is an advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project.



   
 
 
 
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