Washington, DC, : Today, the Brandeis Center announced its next batch of law student events. LDB, a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that works to combat anti-Semitism in higher education, started its law student chapter initiative in early 2014 to train the next generation of lawyers to use their legal tools to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism, and other forms of discrimination, while in law school and in their future legal careers. LDB's 18 nationwide law student chapters will be hosting the following events over the next few weeks:
LDB Attorney Aviva Vogelstein on “Fighting the New Anti-Semitism”
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, September 28, 2016
On Wednesday, September 28, LDB Attorney Aviva Vogelstein will address the LDB Chapter at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on “Fighting the New Anti-Semitism.” Vogelstein, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA ’10) and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD ’13) has worked with the Brandeis Center for two years. Her work focuses on combating the resurgence of anti-Semitism on American university campuses through legal and public policy approaches, as well as growing LDB’s Law Student Chapter Initiative, to train the next generation of lawyers to use their legal tools to fight anti-Semitism.
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, “Making Dollars or Making Change: Big Law, Human Rights, and Becoming a Purposeful Lawyer”
University of Virginia, Thursday, September 29, 2016
On Thursday, September 29, LDB President & General Counsel Kenneth L. Marcus (http://brandeiscenter.com/about/fullbio/kenneth_l_marcus ) will address the LDB Law Student Chapter at the University of Virginia (UVA) on the topic of, “Making Dollars or Making Change: Big Law, Human Rights, and Becoming a Purposeful Lawyer.” Marcus will describe his career path and discuss his current work in the area of civil rights law.
Marcus is the 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. 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. Shortly before his departure from the Civil Rights Commission, the Wall Street Journal observed that “the Commission has rarely been better managed,” and that it “deserves a medal for good governance.” 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 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.
LDB Litigator Jennie Gross at UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Law, September 29, 2016
On Thursday, September 29, LDB Senior Staff Attorney Jennie Gross will address the LDB Law Student Chapter at the University of California at Berkeley on anti-Semitism, civil rights, and the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
Jennie joined LDB earlier this year with ten years of experience litigating in federal courts on behalf of plaintiffs in class actions, mass torts, including the Vioxx litigation, antitrust litigation against Microsoft, and complex litigation against the tobacco industry. Jennie also has strong background in policy analysis, and is the co-author of the textbook Class Actions Dilemmas: Pursuing Public Goals for Private Gain, which has been used to teach complex litigation to law students. More recently, Jennie completed a fellowship in Tobacco Regulatory Science at FDA. Jennie graduated from Emory University (BA, Economics) and the University of Southern California Law Center (JD). She is also a former Doctoral Fellow in public policy at the RAND Corporation.
LDB Litigator Jennie Gross at Kent
Chicago-Kent College of Law, October 11, 2016
On Tuesday, October 11, LDB Senior Staff Attorney Jennie Gross will address the LDB Law Student Chapter at Chicago-Kent School of Law on anti-Semitism, civil rights, and the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
LDB Litigator Jennie Gross in the Twin Cities
University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota, October 18-19, 2016
LDB Senior Staff Attorney Jennie Gross will also head to the Twin Cities and address the LDB Law Student Chapter at the University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, October 19. Ms. Gross will speak about anti-Semitism, civil rights, and the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
Prof. Amos Guiora, “Complicity of the Bystander in the Holocaust”
University of Virginia School of Law, October 24, 2016
On Monday, October 24, the University Virginia LDB law student chapter will host Prof. Amos Guiora, to speak about the complicity of the bystander in the Holocaust. Prof. Guiora, Professor of Law and Co-Director at the Center for Global Justice at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, teaches Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism and Religion and Terrorism, incorporating innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and dilemmas.
Eric Fusfield on Global Anti-Semitism, Law, and Policy
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, October 26, 2016
On Wednesday, October 26, Eric Fusfield, Deputy Director of the B’nai B’rith Center for Human Rights and Public Policy and Director of Legislative Affairs for B’nai B’rith International. will speak at the University of Pennsylvania School on law on the topic of Global Anti-Semitism, Law, and Policy. Mr. Fusfield is responsible for B’nai B’rith’s policy advocacy and government relations, including formulating and promoting B’nai B’rith’s agenda on Capitol Hill and representing the agency before Congress, the Executive branch, foreign governments, and international organizations, and helps oversee B’nai
B’rith’s public policy operations in Washington, New York, Brussels, and its other offices abroad.
Prof. Avi Bell on International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
University of St. Thomas School of Law, October 31, 2016
On Monday, October 31, the LDB chapter at University of St. Thomas School of Law will host Professor Abraham Bell, to speak on the topic of "International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict." Professor Bell teaches at the University of San Diego School of Law Bar Ilan University, and teaches and writes in the areas of property, copyright, international law, and economic analysis of law. Prof. Bell clerked for Justice Mishael Cheshin of the Supreme Court of Israel and for the High Court of Justice Department within the Israeli State Attorney’s office, and he is a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces. A highly sought-after expert on international law and the Arab-Israeli conflict, he has advised officials on four continents. His published articles on the subject include Palestine, Uti Possidetis Juris and the Borders of Israel (with Eugene Kontorovich); A Critique of the Goldstone Report and its Treatment of International Humanitarian Law; and The Mythical Post-2005 Israeli Occupation of the Gaza Strip (with Dov Shefi).
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Ruth R. Wisse 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.