Hollywood, the Holocaust and Hate on Film
Date: Nov 30, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
- Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, Hackensackis a Partner in Pashman Stein Walder Hayden with offices in Hackensack and Holmdel, New Jersey, and Purchase, New York. A highly-respected civil and criminal litigator, he concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights compliance, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation, and has appeared in high-profile trials including the nine-month trial involving former Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan and the successful eight-year defense of senior executives of a major multinational corporation charged with environmental violations, as well as serving as Defense Co-Counsel for Senator Robert Menendez against criminal allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the U.S. government.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and a member and Past President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Criminal Justice and International Law, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section and Task Force on Judicial Independence. He has been a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he is a former Board Member and Parliamentarian.
Host of the Emmy Award-winning New Jersey Network program Due Process, Mr. Brown has been a Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught international criminal law, criminal procedure and professional responsibility. He has also taught international criminal law at the Seton Hall/American University Program in Cairo, Egypt, and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Mr. Brown is the recipient of the Litigation Counsel of America’s Peter Perlman Service Award and the (inaugural) 2018 Francis X. Dee Award bestowed by the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association and several other honors. His articles have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal and other professional publications, and he has lectured for ICLE, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Professional Education Group and other organizations.
Mr. Brown received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
- Joshua M. Greene
- Joshua M. Greene, Westbury
- Rachel Schaff
- Rachel Schaff, Woodbridge
A History Meets CLE Presentation…
The well-publicized antisemitic rant from a well-known artist is yet another recent reminder that we still have very far to go to eradicate all types of hate. One of the ways that Hollywood has attempted to tackle the issue of anti-Semitic hate on film is though the production of movies about the Holocaust.
The compulsion to find a redemptive message at the heart of the Holocaust challenges the efforts of lawyers, educators, and others concerned by aesthetic representations of history. What are the consequences of re-imagining “history’s darkest hour” in movies, novels, and other fictional accounts? Cinematic representations of the Holocaust work as vehicles of public memory, as they present a vision of the past that responds to the dominant values within a society at a particular point in history. In this special CLE presentation, author/filmmaker Joshua M. Greene, film historian Rachel Schaff, and acclaimed attorney Raymond Brown, Jr. explore the existential tensions surrounding artistic interpretations of the Holocaust and what they mean today.
The program uses clips from Academy Award-winning films, readings from popular works, and excerpts from witness video testimony to reveal our unconscious biases about the Holocaust and challenge our definitions of terms such as heroism and courage, and highlight the differences between history as it really was and history as we may have preferred it to be.
Even non-fiction re-imagines historical experience. This program is meant to challenge and educate you, and invites discussion about the complexities of Holocaust representation, the causes behind Hollywood’s romanticized depiction of resistance and survival, and their implications for men and women in legal practice. You will walk away with a better understanding of the impact of traumatic events on the public, the depiction of historical events, and how our view of the past is shaped by present day values.
The presentation is based on the work of the two special speakers. Joshua Greene’s acclaimed PBS documentary, “Witness: Voices from the Holocaust,” received a Gold Special Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival, and was voted Best Social Documentary at the New York International Film & Video Festival. The companion book is published by Simon & Schuster. Raymond M. Brown, Jr. will draw on his many years as a trial lawyer which include a number of high-profile trials involving government officials and his international experience in qualifying as Counsel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and serving as Co-Lead Defense Counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
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