What Lawyers Need to Know to Combat Antisemitism

Date: Sep 14, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $152

Non-Member Price: $190

Event Code: I134923

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Faculty

Keynote

Moderator

Catherine Van Kampen, Esq.
BLBG Law, New York
is Senior Counsel at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP in New York City, where she concentrates her practice in class action settlement administration. Managing the firm’s qualified settlement funds and claims administration for settlements achieved by the firm, she also has extensive experience in complex litigation and litigation management, and is deeply committed to pro bono service, particularly for immigrant and refugee women and children.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, Ms. van Kampen is Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s International Law and Organizations Special Committee and was appointed to the Association’s Class Actions and Special Civil Part Committees. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been Co-Chair of the American Bar Association International Law Section – Women’s Interest Network and the New York State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Committee. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers, and was appointed Vice Chair of the Podcast Committee of the latter. As part of her international pro bono legal work, she serves on several boards of international NGOs serving refugees and internally displaced persons in the Middle East and Africa, and rescuing exploited and trafficked women and girls.

Ms. van Kampen has conducted extensive legal research and has co-authored legal articles which have appeared in international law journals and magazines. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including being named the 2021 Human Rights Leader of the Year by the Arts for All Foundation and the 2018 Ambassador Medalist at the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards for Public Service for her international humanitarian and pro bono work with refugees.

Ms. van Kampen received her B.A. from Indiana University and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she interned at the Center for Social Justice’s Immigration Law Clinic. She clerked for the Honorable Mary M. McVeigh, Superior Court of New Jersey.
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Presenters

Scott Richman
ADL New York and New Jersey
is Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) New York City office, the ADL’s largest regional office which serves New York State and northern and central New Jersey. He oversees the work of the region, which includes incident response, anti-bias education, legislative initiatives, educational programs, fundraising and leadership development.

Mr. Richman has a weekly national podcast “From the Frontlines.” An experienced advocate, he was formerly the American Jewish Committee’s Regional Director for Westchester (NY) and Fairfield (CT) Counties. Prior to that Mr. Richman served for ten years at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and as the founding Director of the non-profit Dor Chadash. He was a practicing attorney and investment banker before becoming a Jewish professional.

Mr. Richman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He subsequently completed an executive certificate program in nonprofit management at Columbia University’s Business School.
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Laura Shaw Frank
American Jewish Committee
is the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Director of William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life in the Bronx, New York. Prior to joining the AJC she had educational and administrative roles at Yeshivat Maharat and SAR High School in Riverdale, New York.

A passionate proponent of deep and nuanced Jewish education, Dr. Shaw Frank has worked extensively on national and international Jewish history and Israel education initiatives. She has lectured widely at conferences, synagogues, university Hillels and adult education institutes. She is the author of articles on topics including Israel education, Jewish marriage and divorce in America, modern Orthodoxy and Orthodox women’s leadership.

Dr. Shaw Frank received her undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Jewish History from the University of Maryland, College Park.
(9/23)

According to the FBI, American Jews account for 2.4% of the United States population yet are victims of 63% of the reported religiously-motivated hate crimes. While antisemitic incidents most directly and intensely affect the Jewish community, antisemitism threatens all of us. Antisemitic conspiracy theories fuel other forms of hatred, discrimination, and bias—including discrimination against other religious minorities, racism, sexism, and anti-LGBTQI+ hate. Antisemitism seeks to divide Americans from one another, erodes trust in government and nongovernmental institutions, and undermines our democracy.

This seminar aims to promote awareness and education about antisemitism and bias toward members of the Jewish religious and cultural community, and to provide specific strategies to combat antisemitism and support them.

Join the panel as they speak about the current state of antisemitism in New Jersey and the United States. They will provide an overview of recent trends in hate crime reporting, and recent cases and examples of successful legal interventions against antisemitic activities, including hate speech and violence. They will discuss the latest legal frameworks and regulations aimed at protecting Jews from hate crimes and prejudice. Finally, they will provide specific strategies that lawyers can use to dispel antisemitic stereotypes, myths and conspiracy theories, and demonstrate how to be a proactive ally to Jews inside the legal community and beyond.

  • 9:00 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:10 - Understanding Historical Antisemitism and the Rise of Modern-Day Antisemitism
    • A concise history of antisemitism: what you need to know to comprehend what is happening today
    • Recognizing antisemitic stereotypes, myths, and conspiracy theories: a deep dive
  • 9:40 - The Rise of Modern-Day Antisemitism
    • Examining the state of antisemitism today including the increasing villanization of Jewish students, Jewish clubs, Israel and Jews communities on college campuses, attacks against Jewish places of worship and increased calls for boycotts of Israeli and Jewish companies
    • How and why has antisemitism changed over the past few years?
    • What is Zionism, really?
    • The IHRA definition and why it is controversial
  • 10:10 - Using Public Policy to Address Antisemitism
    • Overview of the Biden administration’s new national strategy for combatting antisemitism
    • Balancing free speech and hate speech
    • Effective strategies for combating hate speech and violence
    • Review of recent cases and examples of successful legal interventions against antisemitic activities
  • 10:45 - Break
  • 10:55 - Solutions for Combating Antisemitism: Hate Crime and Hate Incident Reporting
    • Getting up to speed on regulatory and societal changes
    • The Jabara-Heyer "NO HATE" Act
    • Overview of the Biden administration’s new national strategy for combatting antisemitism
    • Balancing free speech and hate speech
    • Effective strategies for combating hate speech and violence
    • Review of recent cases and examples of successful legal interventions against antisemitic activities
    • Improving reporting and expanding assistance for victims
  • 11:25 - Being an Ally to the Jewish Community: What Lawyers Can and Should Do
    • Strategies for supporting Jewish individuals and organizations
    • What are the factors that contribute to Jewish reluctance to speak up on antisemitism and helping Jewish individuals overcome these barriers?
    • Discussion of how lawyers can help dispel antisemitic narratives in their professional and personal lives
  • 11:45 - Wrap Up and Q&A
  • 12:00 - Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.6 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Beginner Diversity : 1.6, NJ General: 1.7).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 1.5, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 1.5
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.0, PA Substantive Credit: 1.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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