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celebrating 75 years

Stephen L. Carter
Stephen L. Carter spoke at the Law School and received the Distinguished Service Award on March 23, 2006, the topic of Carter's speech was “The Separation of Church and State.”

Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He has taught at Yale for over 20 years in the areas of constitutional law; contracts; intellectual property; law secrets and lying; and law and religion.

Professor Carter is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. Prior to teaching he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and U.S. Court of Appeals Justice Spottswood W. Robinson, III.

He has written seven law books: Reflections of An Affirmative Action Baby; The Culture of Disbelief; The Confirmation Mess: Cleaning Up the Federal Appointment Process; The Dissent of the Governed; Integrity; Civility: Manners, Morals and the Etiquette of Democracy; and God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics. He published his first novel in 2002, The Emperor of Ocean Park.

He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the New Republic. He appears on television program such as Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Face the Nation.

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Abraham H. Foxman
Abraham H. Foxman addressed the Law School community and received the Distinguished Service Award on April 10, 2006. Foxman spoke on “The New Anti-Semitism: An International Human Rights Issue.” Alumnus James Rudolph (BC Law '75), head of the Massachusetts chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), was instrumental in arranging the visit, along with Professor Robert Bloom (BC Law '71).

Abraham H. Foxman is the National Director of the ADL and is known throughout the world as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, hatred, prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Mr. Foxman, who has worked for ADL since 1965, was named National Director in 1987. Prior to that, he worked in the League's international affairs and civil rights divisions. His background and experience have contributed significantly to the development of meaningful relationships between different groups of people both here in the United States and also internationally.

Mr. Foxman is a great supporter of the State of Israel and the Middle East peace process. He regularly travels to Israel and works closely with officials there and in the United States to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish State.

His career at ADL has spanned nearly four decades, and in that time, Mr. Foxman has met with national and world leaders to discuss important issues of the day, including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. He has had several audiences with Pope John Paul II, and has met with the leaders of European nations, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, South Africa and Argentina.

Mr. Foxman is also known as an authority on the Holocaust and Jewish resistance to the Nazis. He has helped to focus worldwide attention on the heroic efforts of Christian rescuers of Jews and has been a leader in developing education programs about the Holocaust.

Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust as an infant by his Polish Catholic nanny who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. His parents survived the war, but 14 members of his family were lost.

After he arrived in America in 1950 with his parents, Mr. Foxman graduated from the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, NY, and earned his B.A. in political science from the City College of the City University of New York, graduating with honors in history. Mr. Foxman holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, and did graduate work in Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in international economics at New York's New School for Social Research. Mr. Foxman is also fluent in several languages.

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Harold Hongju Koh
Harold Hongju Koh spoke at the Law School and received the Distinguished Service Award on April 3, 2006.

Harold Hongju Koh is Dean of Yale Law School and Gerard C. And Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law. He is a leading expert on international law, international human rights, national security law, and international economic law.

Dean Koh served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1998-2001. He was a clerk to Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court from 1981-1982 and was selected to conduct oral history interviews with Justice Blackmun in 1994. Koh earned a B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University, and an Honours B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University. Harold Koh’s father, Kwang Lim Koh was the first Asian (Korean) to graduate from Boston College Law School. He graduated in 1961. Koh, his brother, Howard, his mother, Dr. Hesung Chun Koh, and his father were recently named to the K100 -- the 100 leading Koreans and Korean-Americans in the last century of Korean immigration to the United States.

Koh has written more than 80 articles and is author or co-editor of seven books, receiving the American Political Science Association’s award for best book on the American presidency for The National Security Constitution. He has received 10 honorary awards, including the Wolfgang Friedman Memorial Award from Columbia Law School and the Louis B. Sohn Award from the American Bar Association for his contributions to International law. He has received more than 20 awards for his human rights work, including the Human Rights Award of the Cuban-American Bar Association and the Justice in Action Award from the Asian-American Lawyers’ Association.

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