Jewish Identity In Law To Be Discusssed

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

The 14th Annual Conference of the National Jewish Law Students Association will bring together students, attorneys, NJLSA alumni and others concerned with Jewish identity from around the country to Boston College March 7-10.

Sponsored by the Boston College Law School and NJLSA, the conference, titled "Building Jewish Identity Within the Legal Profession," will feature a diverse group of over 20 panelists who will present a range of perspectives on building coalitions and defining identities in Devlin 008. Speakers will include Law School Dean Aviam Soifer, Israeli Consul General Collette Avital, US Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Harvard Law School Professor and author Alan Dershowitz and Loyola Law School Professor and CBS commentator Laurie Levenson.

The event will open with a plenary session on Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. and begin in earnest the following day with the theme "Defining Our Community and Identity."

March 8 panel discussions will include "What Does it Mean to be Jewish?", "Inter-Jewish Divisions: the Fragmentation of our People," "Blacks and Jews: Collective Conflict in the American Diaspora," and "Having a Jewish Identity in a Secular World." Workshops on regional and local chapter development - the NJLSA has over 130 chapters in US and Canadian law schools - and an NJLSA Advisory Board Meeting will also take place.

"Committing to a Role in the Jewish Community as a Legal Professional" will be the conference theme on March 9. A workshop on the structure and operations of NJLSA will begin the day, followed by panel discussions on "The Israel/Diaspora Relationship," "Social Justice: A Connection Between Being Jewish and Lawyering," and "How to Integrate Your Judaism Into Your Professional Life."

Howard Sachar, a history professor at George Washington University and author of A History of Jews in America , will deliver the keynote address, "Where American Jewry Differed," in the Welch Dining Room in Lyons Hall that evening.

A workshop on making a difference in the community will take place on Sunday, March 10, followed by the closing plenary and a NJLSA alumni reception.

For further information, contact NJLSA Co-President Andrew Apfelberg at ext. 4533.

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