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November 8, 2015 - Sexual abuse of children occurs in all communities, the Orthodox Jewish community included.  To tackle this problem, we must understand how to look for and recognize signs of abuse, to determine when“reasonable suspicion”of abuse exists,  to report such suspicion, and to appreciate what will happen once a report has been made. The community must unite to protect children from this serious peril and to assist the ongoing emotional pain of past victims.  This panel of experts in Judaism, counseling, psychology, and law enforcement addresses all of these issues. 
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January 29, 2014 - In this day and age of global legal practice, many attorneys find themselves challenged by the rules regarding working in a foreign jurisdiction. DePaul alum Ira Piltz will discuss practicing as an Illinois attorney in foreign jurisdictions as well as giving perspective for lawyers who wish to either work with Israeli companies or practice law in Israel. General issues regarding “pro hac vice” and the scope of allowable practice in various international transactions and as general counsel will also be covered.
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30 Minutes with Joyce: Professor Roberta R. Kwall Interview
July 23, 2013 - In this interview, Professor Roberta Kwall gives an overview of the Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies emphasizing its history and the diversity of its programming. Professor Kwall also discusses her forthcoming book on the intersection between Jewish law and Jewish culture.
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Athens vs. Jerusalem: Social Foundations of Monotheism
January 18, 2012 - In Athens vs. Jerusalem: Social Foundations of Monotheism, Dr. Ellen LeVee, JLJS Scholar-in-Residence suggests a number of contrasts between the two cultures that form the basis for Western Civilization. She will start with their different views of the physical and the spiritual as apparent in the contrast between Oedipus and Abraham. She will then move to the role of relationships in the different traditions. Contrasts between reason, as used by Plato, and revelation, as apparent at Sinai, suggest the importance of relationships for Jerusalem as opposed to the importance of autonomy for Athens. The repercussions of these differences can be seen in the split between morality and spirituality in the world today.
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Jewish Process Thought and Copyright Policy: Discussion of Kelley v. Chicago Park District (7th Cir. 2011)
February 16, 2012 - What is the scope of copyright protection for copyrighted works that are designed to be continually developing? Can fluid works of authorship even be capable of copyright protection? Not much has been said or written about how copyright should address works of authorship that are, by their very essence, continually in progress or otherwise subject to change on an ongoing basis. In 2011, the Seventh Circuit grappled with a work subject to change. In Kelley v. Chicago Park District, the court held that a living garden of wildflowers composed of two enormous elliptical flowerbeds did not embody the type of authorship with fixation capable of supporting copyright protection. As a result of this ruling, the court also held that the garden was not protectable under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which requires a copyrightable work as its predicate for protection. Professor Roberta Kwall relies on Kelley as a springboard to discuss certain critical issues of copyright law and policy that, until this case, have largely been overlooked in the discourse. Kwall focuses specifically on the Jewish tradition's version of Process Thought to inform our copyright policy concerning how we define eligible works of authorship and determine their appropriate scope of protection.
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Effective Counterterrorism and the Protection of Civil Liberties
September 21, 2011 - Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. Co-Sponsored by JLJS and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions. He has published extensively in the U.S. and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights. In this lecture, he will discuss protecting civil liberties while pursuing an effective counterterrorism policy, and he will compare how different democracies manage the inherent trade-offs and tensions.

The Post 9/11 International Legal Paradigm
September 13, 2011 - Yehoshua Gurtler, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Herzog, Fox and Neeman, Tel Aviv. Co-Sponsored by JLJS and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. The last decade has seen many western democracies embroiled in conflict with terrorist organizations and other irregular forces, in what has been dubbed "a-symmetrical warfare". The intensity and magnitude of these campaigns has challenged conventional legal definitions and norms. Ten years after 9/11, the legal paradigm governing a-symmetrical warfare has shifted. Gurtler, previously in the IDF's International Law Department, will examine the practical and legal ramifications of this shift by discussing issues such as advanced warfare technologies, investigation policies and the United Nation's policies and votes.

Common Problems in the Representation of Jewish Clients
January 20, 2011 - It is important for all attorneys - Jewish or not - to be familiar with the common problems that can arise in the representation of Jewish clients. Many clients may feel religiously obligated to consider arbitration in a rabbinic court. Lawyers need to be aware of their role in such proceedings, and they need to know how, if necessary, to enforce such arbitral awards in secular courts. Another example involves the requirement that an attorney check a Jewish calendar before initially agreeing to certain trial-related dates. Each year, Jewish holidays typically fall on different dates on the secular calendar. In one recent case, a Maryland plaintiff suffered default judgment when he could not appear on the trial date, which fell on the holiday of Shavuot (commemorating receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai). The plaintiff had asked for the trial date to be changed, but that request was refused. Professor Kenneth Lasson (University of Baltimore School of Law) and Professor Steven Resnicoff (DePaul University College of Law) examine a variety of such issues in this lecture.
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Choshen Mishpat versus the ABA Model Rules of Conduct: Do Jewish Attorneys answer to a Higher Authority for Business and Legal Ethics?
October 27, 2010 - This lecture by Touro Law Center Professor Shayna Crincoli explores the obligations imposed by both Jewish law and by the American Bar Association in regulating the professional conduct of lawyers, particularly as applied to attorneys either representing or running business organizations. It questions to what extent halacha and American law agree about what constitutes ethical practice of law and business, and it focuses on the role that law is expected to play in defining and regulating moral behavior. With business ethics in America experiencing an all-time low, including among high-profile Jews, this lecture offers attorneys, educators, scholars, and the general public an appreciation of how Jewish principles of business ethics can be combined with legal rules to bring about greater personal satisfaction and systemic change.
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The Mohammed al Dura Hoax
October 15, 2010 - In 2000, the French government-operated television network, "France 2," "reported" that Israeli soldiers had killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed al-Dura, during a gun battle in Gaza. This report sparked violent Palestinian unrest throughout the Mideast in which many people were killed or wounded. The supposed killing of Mohammed al-Dura has been used by terrorists to justify actions such as the attacks of 9-11 and the assassination of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Philippe Karsenty, internationally known media analyst and founder of media watchdog Media-Ratings, publicly denounced Mohammed al-Dura's purported killing as a hoax. Karsenty wrote that France 2 had broadcast staged footage of the alleged killing. France 2 immediately sued Mr. Karsenty for libel. Although a trial court ruled for France 2, the Paris Court of Appeals, based on the evidence presented to it, overturned that judgment in 2008. France 2's appeal to France's highest court is pending. This program will examine the basis for Karsenty's sharp criticism of the France 2's coverage, and compare and contrast French and American libel law, particularly as that law applies to the coverage of issues of significant public interest. In 2002, Philippe Karsenty ran for Parliament on a center-right ticket, losing to Nicolas Sarkozy. Previously a broker and business consultant, Mr. Karsenty was elected Deputy Mayor of Neuilly in 2008.
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Condominiums and Mezuzahs - What's the Hangup?
February 26, 2009

Inaugural Lecture and Reception - 1 of 3
September 11, 2008

Inaugural Lecture and Reception - 2 of 3
September 11, 2008

Inaugural Lecture and Reception - 3 of 3
September 11, 2008