HUC-UC Ethics Center Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems
Ethics in Law

The core of the HUC-UC Ethics Center's mission is to examine all legal ethical issues. The graduate program in Jewish and Comparative Law and Applied Ethics, offered jointly by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the University of Cincinnati (UC), is just one example. Dr. Jonathan Cohen, the director of the HUC-UC Ethics Center, has taught joint courses for students of both academic institutions. Among them have been classes such as: "Restitution in Jewish Law and the Common Law," "The Status of Women: Marriage, Property, and Violence in Jewish Law and the Common Law," and "Human Rights and Jewish Law." However, the HUC-UC Ethics Center has reached beyond the Cincinnati community, in an effort to increase legal ethics awareness on a national level. Dr. Cohen has taught courses on legal issues at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and instructed faculty at St. Louis University Law School. One of our recent scholars in residence, Dr. Marc Stavsky, from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, specializes in criminal procedure, evidence, trial advocacy, white collar crime, comparative law, and prisoner's rights. During his residency, Dr. Stavsky taught a joint course in "Criminality and Civil Disability" at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in autumn, 2002. The HUC-UC Ethics Center also serves the local legal community, providing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) opportunities for lawyers.

Previous Programs
Previous Programs

Opera Rap: Panel Discussion of Capital Punishment (January 17, 2002)
HUC-UC Ethics Center hosted Opera Rap, a panel discussion of capital punishment, which was inspired by the Cincinnati Opera's July, 2002 Midwest Premiere of the new opera "Dead Man Walking" by young American composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally. Moderated by Joseph P. Tomain, Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the panel included Peter Bronson, Editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer; Dr. Jack Cottrell, Professor of Theology at Cincinnati Bible College; Alphonse Gerhardstein, Civil Rights Attorney; and Sister Ruth Kettman, Director of Justice and Peace Office for the Diocese of Covington. The event was co-sponsored by Cincinnati Opera and more than 200 were in attendance.

John Dolibois: The Last Surviving Interrogator from the Nuremberg Trials (April 23, 2001)
HUC-UC Ethics Center together with The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education invited the former Ambassador to Luxembourg, John Dolibois, to give an account of his conversations with such Nazi war criminals as Goering, Jodl, and Doenitz. Mr. Dolibois, who received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, began his military career in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in the Cavalry, and went on to fight in the Armored Corps of Patton's Third Army. As a captain in military intelligence, he interrogated high Nazi officials at Central Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure #32 in Luxembourg. More than 200 people attended this engaging talk by the last surviving Nuremberg interrogator.

Violence Against Women: Family, Faith Communities, and the Law (November 29, 2000)
HUC-UC Ethics Center presented this panel discussion on domestic violence, featuring participants: Teresa Kessinger of Catholic Social Services, social worker; Debra Rothstein of the Legal Aid Society, senior staff attorney; Reverend Michael A. Seger of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary's Seminary; and Rabbi Mark E. Washofsky of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. This interesting discussion attracted over 100 people and continuing education credit was offered to attorneys and social workers.


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