Judaism and the Death Penalty The Dr. Jules Backman Memorial Symposium

Monday, March 3, 2003

April 9, 2003 at 6:30 pm

Admission free
Lawyers registering for CLE credits: $100
Photo ID required for entrance

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street)
New York City

Leading scholars, trial lawyers, and legal theorists will explore Judaism’s take on the death penalty, from a historical, philosophical, and practical angle:

Dr. Steven Greenwald, President of the Metropolitan College of New York, has represented capital defendants in post-conviction proceedings in North 
Carolina and Alabama for over 10 years. He is a member of the Board of Governors of 
the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

Nat Lewin has engaged in trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts for forty years. His clients have included Richard Nixon, Jodi Foster, and John Lennon. He has taught law at Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. From 1970-1991 he was Contributing Editor to The New Republic.

Rabbi Michael Chernick is Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice and Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR. He is the editor of Essential Papers on the Talmud and has written on the Talmud and Jewish law. Suzanne Last Stone, Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University has published and lectured extensively in the areas of Jewish religious and legal thought and contemporary legal theory. She has taught at Hebrew University Law School and Columbia Law School.

Suzanne Last Stone, Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University has published and lectured extensively in the areas of Jewish religious and legal theory. She has taught at Hebrew University Law School and Columbia Law School.

For further information and CLE registration call 212-824-2272 or e-mail kollel@huc.edu

The Dr. Jules Backman Memorial Lecture is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. Jules Backman, former chairman of the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR. A nationally prominent authority on prices, labor, and antitrust issues, Dr. Backman taught at NYU for more than forty years and was Research Professor Emeritus of Economics.

Co-sponsored by American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.


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