New Civil Rights Legal Fellows Join Brandeis Center’s Growing Staff
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law (LDB) today announces the appointment of two new civil rights legal fellows, Stephen A. Cohen and Aviva J. Vogelstein. Cohen and Vogelstein’s appointments marks the Brandeis Center’s continued expansion, as the Washington, D.C.-based civil rights group grows to face the resurgent problem of anti-Semitism on American University campuses.
April 2014 Brandeis Brief : A Tale of Two Cities: Bad News in Ann Arbor, Good News in Brooklyn
Several disturbing anti-Semitism reports are coming out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Brandeis Center lawyers are investigating. Anti-Israel activists failed in their efforts to convince the University of Michigan student government to adopt a boycott resolution.
Students for Justice in Palestine’s actions at Northeastern U. raise civil rights concerns
American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestinian student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation.
University of Michigan Official Denounces Free Beacon
University of Michigan officials are asking that the Washington Free Beacon remove from its website an article that reported on a pro-Palestinian student leader who posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a traditional Arab headscarf and inserting a knife into a pineapple.
Jill Schneiderman is an unlikely warrior for Jewish rights. A professor of Earth sciences at Vassar College and a lesbian activist, Schneiderman’s political passions put her smack in the middle of the far-Left academic mainstream.
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has been in the headlines this year because of anti-Israel agitation related to Hillel. But that’s only part of the story, and the only part to receive mainstream media attention.
Pro-Israel Students Called ‘Kike,’ ‘Dirty Jew’ at University of Michigan
The University of Michigan would not explain how it is responding to death threats and racial epithets that were reportedly issued by pro-Palestinian activists at students who oppose a resolution to divest from Israel.
Northeastern University Law School Students form Brandeis Center Chapter
The Brandeis Center (LDB) today announces the formation of an LDB student chapter at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. LDB student chapters advance LDB’s mission to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. In particular, LDB chapters share the organization’s mandate to combat campus anti-Semitism through legal means.
Pres. Gould Publicly Apologizes to 4 Pro – Israeli Students After CUNY Investigation
In the midst of Israel Apartheid Week, Brooklyn College President Karen Gould released a public apology last Friday afternoon, to the four pro – Israeli students who were ejected from the BDS forum last February.
B’klyn College Pro-Israel Students Deserve More than Late Apology
It’s been more than a year since four Jewish pro-Israel students (the JPI Students) were forcibly ejected from an anti-Israel talk given by two proponents of BDS, co-sponsored by and held at Brooklyn College. Finally, this past Friday, March 7, Brooklyn College president Karen Gould issued a public apology to the JPI Students. But that very-late apology should be only the very first step taken, according to the public interest law center representing those students.
Brooklyn College apologizes for ejection of Jewish students at anti-Israel event
The Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) for Human Rights Under Law said it “welcomes” an apology by Brooklyn College President Karen Gould for the school’s forcible ejection of four pro-Israel Jewish students at an anti-Israel event hosted by the college last year.
Brandeis Center Welcomes Brooklyn College Administration’s Apology for its Handling of 2013 Anti-Israel Event
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) today welcomed the public apology by Brooklyn College President Karen Gould for the school’s forcible ejection of four pro-Israel students from a 2013 anti-Israel event sponsored in part by the school. In representing three of the students removed from the lecture, LDB called for a public apology from Brooklyn College, and the apology was issued late Friday afternoon.
Marquardt-Bigman Calls Out Max Blumenthal and the New America Foundation for “Mainstreaming Anti-Semitism”
Washington DC - The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law today published Petra Marquardt-Bigman’s research paper calling out anti-Israel activist/journalist Max Blumenthal and the New America Foundation their his role in the “mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.”
Brandeis Center Praises Resolution of Jewish Prisoners’ Rights Case
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law today praised the successful resolution of the Becket Center for Religious Liberty’s lawsuit establishing the right of Florida prison inmates to kosher food.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law announces that its newly formed law school chapter at the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its inaugural event on February 5, 2014.
Brandeis Center withdraws anti-Semitism complaint against UC Santa Barbara
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law said it is withdrawing a civil rights complaint on anti-Semitism that it had directed at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), after the school pledged to implement several recommendations to combat discrimination against Jews on its campus.
Backlash Against Israel Boycott Puts American Studies Assn. on Defensive
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Louis D. Brandeis Center, among others, is putting the American Studies Association "on the defensive" for its controversial anti-Israel boycott resolution.
LDB President Publishes New Paper on Global Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) announces the publication by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus of an important paper on “The Definition of Antisemitism” in a newly published volume on contemporary global anti-Semitism.
Philadelphia Litigator Judd Serotta Joins Louis D. Brandeis Center Board
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a public interest advocacy organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all, announces the election of Philadelphia litigator Judd Serotta, Esq., to the Center’s Board of Directors. Mr. Serotta previously served as a member of the Brandeis Center’s legal advisory board.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights today announced two superstar additions to the faculty of the inaugural national law student leadership conference: international lawyers Richard Heideman and Abraham (Avi) Bell.
LDB Announces National Law Student Leadership Conference
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights today announced today that it will conduct an inaugural national law student leadership training conference in Los Angeles, California on January 2-3, 2014.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights announced today that its president, Kenneth L. Marcus, will testify tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on
Financial Services on disparate impact theories of discrimination.
Brandeis Center to Present Mini-Conference at Fordham Law
Next Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is thrilled to present a Fordham Law School mini-conference on "Israel, BDS, Academic Freedom and the Law." The event will be hosted by the Fordham Law School Jewish Students Association.
Brooklyn College to Play Host to Another Anti-Israel Event
Brooklyn College is courting controversy again by hosting another speaker with contentious anti-Israel views. This Algemeiner report quotes LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus on Brooklyn College's legal responsibilities.
LDB President to Address Campus Anti-Semitism at UCLA Law School
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law announced today that LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will address “Law, Civil Rights, and Campus Anti-Semitism” next Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, at 12:15 p.m. at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
A center that focuses on fighting purposeful discrimination of Jewish students established a new chapter at the UCLA School of Law Oct. 15, making it one of the first collegiate branches in the country.
Brandeis Center Announces Launch of First East Coast Law School Chapter
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is happy to announce the launch of its first East Coast law student chapter at American University’s Washington College of Law, located in Washington DC.
Brandeis Center Announces Formation of First Law Student Chapters
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, an organization committed to combating campus anti-Semitism through legal means, has announced the formation of the first two Brandeis Center Law Student Chapters today at UCLA and American University.
Kenneth Marcus Speaking at American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists event
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is pleased to announce a special luncheon featuring LDB's President, Kenneth L. Marcus. At this event, Marcus will address the resurgence of anti-Semitism on American colleges.
Brandeis Center Makes Case for Advocacy Against Campus Anti-Semitism
Today, Kenneth L. Marcus, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law, announced the Brandeis Center's view that civil rights remains an important tool for Jewish college and university students who face unlawful discrimination and harassment.
Brandeis Center Announces Guest Blogger Ronald J. Rychlak
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announces its next guest blogger, Ronald J. Rychlak. The Brandeis Center is a civil rights organization established to combat campus anti-Semitism.
Brandeis Center Expands to Combat Campus Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a civil rights organization established to combat campus anti-Semitism, has announced two Civil Rights Legal Fellows and it first fall intern class to support its campaign against campus anti-Semitism.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law, a civil rights organization established to fight campus anti-Semitism, announces the arrival of William Gonch and Avi Snyder as new guest bloggers on the Brandeis Center Blog. In introducing these guest bloggers, the Brandeis Center underscores the centrality of academic freedom in efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and end unlawful discrimination against Jewish college and university students.
As students return to university campuses to start a new academic year, the bad news is that the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has dismissed anti-Semitism cases at the University of California at Berkeley, Irvine and Santa Cruz. But there is good news too...
Brandeis Center Urges OCR to Protect Students from Religious Harassment and Bullying
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law last night urged the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to use its mandatory data-gathering program to protect religious minorities, including Jewish, Muslim and Sikh children, from harassment and bullying
Brandeis Center Blog Welcomes Washington Lawyer Richard Heideman
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today announced that Washington, D.C., attorney Richard D. Heideman, a prominent international lawyer, will appear as a guest on the popular new Brandeis Center Blog in the coming week.
Brandeis Center Appoints Todd Braunstein to Legal Advisory Board
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd F. Braunstein to the Brandeis Center’s Legal Advisory Board. As a member of the board, Braunstein will advise the Center regarding legal aspects of the Center’s fight against campus anti-Semitism.
Brandeis Center Issues Title VI Fact Sheet to Fight Campus Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today released The Louis D. Brandeis Center's Short Guide to the Law Against Campus Anti-Semitism, an LDB Fact Sheet on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Brandeis Center Urges Better Monitoring of Hate Crimes Against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs
Today the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law applauds an FBI Advisory Policy Board recommendation that the agency track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arab Americans – just as the Brandeis Center had previously urged in testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
The June 2013 issue of the Brandeis Brief will discuss positive developments at the University of California at Davis, as well as LDB's defense of Tammi Rossman-Benjmain, Greg Lukianoff's guest blog appearance, and the arrival of LDB's first group of interns.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today lauded University of California at Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi for her leadership in resolving concerns that the Center had raised regarding anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on the Davis campus.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) today announced its first intern class as it continues the ongoing expansion of its campaign against campus anti-Semitism. LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus welcomed the Brandeis Center’s first Civil Rights Law Clerk Nicole Galletta and its first Development Intern, Christina Gathman. A second Development Intern, Andrew Loeb, will join the Center next week.
Brandeis Center and SPME Defend Tammi Rossman-Benjamin Against Attacks
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East today issued a Joint Statement in defense of University of California at Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin. Rossman-Benjamin, an activist known for her opposition to campus anti-Semitism, has recently been the target of a public campaign of character assassination because of her advocacy for the civil rights of Jewish college students.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, an independent civil rights organization established to fight campus anti-Semitism, announced today that civil libertarian Greg Lukianoff will appear as a guest on its popular Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog next week.
April was a harsh month, bringing several unfortunate developments on and off campus. However, Brandeis Center lawyers have been busy, spending much of the month in California working with university students, professors and administrators to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism.
The Daily Californian and J Weekly are reporting that the University of California at Berkeley student senate passed a resolution this morning calling for divestment from Israel. The debate had reportedly been “heated” and lasted over ten hours, with the final vote taken just before 5:30 a.m. this morning. Supporters reportedly reacted to the news with “cheering, stomping and cries of joy”:
Winston Pickett, former director of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, recently published this thoughtful essay about the study of anti-Semitism in the Jewish Chronicle (London) and The Algemeiner. Pickett kindly notes that LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has “lucidly written about” the definition of anti-Semitism “in all its complexity and in a way that should advance the discussion considerably.
In the April issue of the Brandeis Brief, litigator Alyza Lewin explains the Jerusalem passport case, internet guru Andre Oboler examines anti-Semitism on Facebook, historian Gil Troy compares anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and LDB Staff Attorney Danit Sibovits introduces herself to our readers.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog Announces Four New Writers: Cravatts, Lewin, Oboler and Sibovits
The Louis D. Brandeis Center today announced that two prominent guest bloggers and two important new regular bloggers will join the Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog this week: Alyza Lewin, Andre Oboler, Richard Cravatts, and Danit Sibovits. All four reflect the Brandeis Center’s commitment to combatting global and campus anti-Semitism, while protecting free speech and academic freedom, and promoting justice for all people.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Expands to Address Resurgence of Campus Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today announced that it is expanding its legal capacity to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism at American colleges and Universities. The Brandeis Center has just hired New York lawyer Danit Sibovits, a former criminal prosecutor who will join the Center’s Washington, D.C. headquarters staff.
Gil Troy Appears as First Guest on Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog
The Louis D. Brandeis Center has announced that McGill University author/historian Gil Troy will be the first guest blogger on the newly launched Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog. Dr. Troy is a distinguished scholar of American presidential history as well as a widely read columnist on issues relating to the Middle East.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Commends SPME Statement on Anti-Israel Boycotts
The Louis D. Brandeis Center today commends Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) for its bold new “Statement Condemning Current Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel,” issued March 11, 2013. The Brandeis Center specifically applauds the SPME’s principled condemnation of anti-Semitic elements within the in BDS movement.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center today launched a new blog which will address campus anti-Semitism, global anti-Semitism, religious discrimination, civil rights, academic freedom and the freedom of speech. The Brandeis Center, a national civil rights organization, has already established a strong reputation in each of these areas.
The March issue of the Brandeis Brief describes LDB's recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism nationwide. This issue also includes a full-length review essay by Kenneth L. Marcus which asks the question, "Is Anti-Semitism Unique?" This essay explores an important recent controversy among contemporary scholars of anti-Semitism and the intervention of German political scientist Clemens Heni.
LDB Commends Minister Jason Kenney for Hate Week Statement
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, an American civil rights organization, today commended the Honourable Jason Kenney for his forceful statement condemning international Hate Week.
he Brandeis Center is recruiting smart, hard-working, highly credentialed attorneys for the position of Staff Attorney/Civil Rights Litigation Counsel. This is an exciting opportunity for a lawyer who is passionate about LDB's mission to secure the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to advance justice for all.
Brooklyn College has been twice embarassed over its recent anti-Israel event: first, when it came out that its Political Science Department was co-sponsoring the event and, second, when four pro-Israel Jewish students were reportedly ejected from it. The Tablet reports on this fiasco, quoting LDB's Kenneth L. Marcus on how the Brooklyn College event may be part of a broader pattern of excluding pro-Israel voices.
The February issue of the Brandeis Brief asks whether we must really fight anti-Semitism, when so many activists prefer to focus on the positive. The Brief also discusses the Brandeis Center's recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and reviews Gil Troy's new book on the United Nations' Zionism as Racism resolution.
Civil Rights Leader Addresses the "Conundrum of Race"
Hon. Kenneth L. Marcus, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, will deliver the Winter 2013 Lecture at Kalamazoo College on "The Conundrum of Race: Civil Rights, Law & Jewish Identity."
Civil Rights Group Takes Campus Anti-Semitism Legal Initiative to Chicago
The Brandeis Center has announced that Chicago will be the next stop on its nationwide Continuing Legal Education initiative to train lawyers to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism through legal means. On Monday, January 28, 2013, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will launch the Midwestern opening of the Brandeis Center’s Continuing Legal Education initiative with a special program on “Campus Anti-Semitism and Legal Efforts to Combat It” in Chicago.
The January issue of The Brandeis Brief presents our first Year in Review, describing a momentous year. Additionally, the Brief contains a new Brandeis Book Note section as well as original analysis on "How Much Campus Anti-Semitism?"
Brandeis Center Appoints Nationally Prominent Professionals
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today the expansion of its Board of Directors to include two nationally prominent professionals. The Brandeis Center, or LDB, was established last year to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on American college and university campuses.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Cautions Universities on Gaza Incidents
The Louis D. Brandeis Center cautioned university administrators today about the prospect of Gaza-related anti-Semitic incidents on their campuses. Over the last few days, scores of anti-Israel protests have been planned on American college and university campuses.
Brandeis Center President Ken Marcus Named to Forward 50
With the Israel debate roiling college campuses around America, there has been no shortage of hand-wringing from the organized Jewish community about the welfare of Jewish students. Ken Marcus has taken a different approach.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law congratulates its President, Kenneth L. Marcus, upon his inclusion in the prestigious Forward 50. Kenneth Marcus is honored in the Forward’s current issue for launching the Louis D. Brandeis Center earlier this year and for pioneering legal tools to combat discrimination against Jewish college and university students.
The Brandeis Center's November Brandeis Brief highlights the Office for Civil Rights' investigation into whether Jewish students at the University of California at Berkeley are facing unlawful discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Louis D. Brandeis Center Appoints Genocide Scholar Gregory H. Stanton
The Louis D. Brandeis Center announced today that it has appointed genocide scholar Gregory H. Stanton to its Academic Advisory Board. This move strengthens the Brandeis Center’s depth in genocide studies, which is critical to the Center’s work on campus anti-Semitism.
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