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Young Lawyers' CLE: Black Lives Matter & The Jewish Community

Co-sponsored by Decalogue and JUF Young Lawyers' Group

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Emily Sweet, Executive Director of JCRC & Government Affairs
Pastor Chris Harris, Bright Star Church Chicago

Moderator: Gail Eisenberg, Dentons US LLP

This class will explore the Black Lives Matter Movement and its history, structure, and platform.  We will delve into its platform and explore the likelihood of legislative, judicial, or executive legal changes associated with their demands.  We will also discuss the implications of the movement’s condemnation of Israel as an apartheid state and what such terms mean under international law. 
1 hour General MCLE Credit

DLA Piper LLP, 203 N LaSalle, 19th Floor

This class is free and open to the public but registration is required by September 19


The Decalogue Society of Lawyers is seeking volunteers
for the 
JUF Legal Service program.  

The JCLS has over 600 requests for legal services; 
to date only about 60 clients have been assigned an attorney. 
 Decalogue has committed to recruit more attorneys as part of our Social Action program 
and to fulfill the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam.

Decalogue mourns the loss of Judge Abner J. Mikva
Decalogue mourns the loss of Judge Abner J. Mikva, a champion of justice, and long-time Decalogue member.

As a lawyer, political activist, state legislator, congressman, judge, and Presidential counselor, Abner Mikva fought for civil rights and civil liberties, social and economic justice, and open, honest, responsive government.

Decalogue extends our deepest condolences to Abner's wife Zoe, daughters Judge Mary Mikva, Laurie Mikva, and Rabbi Rachel Mikva, and their families.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Abner & Zoe Mikva Legacy Fund at the Mikva Challenge, a non-profit which works to educate and empower young people to become active citizens and community leaders.

Read tributes to Judge Mikva:

May his memory be for a blessing. 


AAJLJ Statement on Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland

March 30, 2016

For Immediate Release

The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“AAJLJ”), in recognition of the critical importance of a Supreme Court with a full complement of Justices to the effective administration of law and justice, urges the United States Senate to promptly undertake its constitutional role of fairly considering the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, and then advising on, and, if it so determines, consenting to, the nomination.

The AAJLJ was founded in 1983 and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“IAJLJ”).  The IAJLJ was founded in 1969 by the late Justice Arthur J. Goldberg of the United States Supreme Court, the late Justice Haim Cohen of the Supreme Court of Israel, and René Cassin, French Nobel Laureate and author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The AAJLJ is the voluntary bar association of American Jewish lawyers. 

For additional information or for questions, please contact Stephen Greenwald at or (646) 872-5979.

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Chicago Jewish Federation opens 

Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund

The severe flooding in Baton Rouge has killed at least 13 people, destroyed countless homes and forced tens of thousands to flee for their lives – including many from the local Jewish community. 

Your contribution to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund will support the relief and rebuilding work in the affected areas. One hundred percent of the funds collected will go to relief and recovery services in Louisiana, including:

  • cash assistance for homeowners and households to pay for temporary housing, cleaning supplies, and other flood remediation costs;
  • crisis mental health services; and
  • pre-school and school placements.


Jewish Federation staff are working with Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Federation of Baton Rouge and relief organizations within and outside of the Jewish community to allocate and monitor funds raised for this disaster.

JUF's TOV Volunteer Network is currently planning a relief mission to Baton Rouge. For more details, contact 


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