Pursuing Justice: Seminar for Legal Professionals

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue צדק צדק תירדוף: Seminar for Legal Professionals

May 13 – 17, 2017

Anita Saltz International Education Center in cooperation with the Israel Religious Action Center

This program of the World Union for Progressive Judaism in cooperation with the Israel Religious Action Center, is a unique, unprecedented opportunity to visit Israel and grapple with legal issues facing Israeli society. This extraordinary seminar brings participants into contact with inspiring Israeli attorneys, judges, leaders and activists.

Price: $895* ($200 discount for those who also attend CONNECTIONS 2017)

INCLUDED: Participation in all sessions, and programs, opening dinner, 3 lunches, cocktail reception, transportation for Supreme Court visit.There are no partial refunds for meals not taken or events/days skipped.

NOT INCLUDED: Travel to, from, and within Israel, airport taxes, airport transfers, passport and visa fees, border taxes (where applicable), hotel accommodations, breakfasts, meals not mentioned above, personal expenses, tips, health insurance, travel insurance, and other services not specifically indicated

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Please note the seminar program and speakers are subject to change

Saturday May 13

18:00 Opening Dinner with Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel.

20:00 Havdalah

20:30 Keynote Speaker: Israel Supreme Court Justice (Emerita) Dalia Dorner: “Democracy and Human Rights in Israel: Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism and Asymmetric Warfare”

Sunday May 14

9:00 Introduction to Israeli Legal System: Turkish Law, British Law and Jewish Law in Israeli Jurisprudence with Dr. David Schorr, senior lecturer at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, where he heads the David Berg Institute for Law and History as well as the Law and Environment Program. His research interests include environmental and natural-resource law, legal history, and environmental history, and his work has won the support of multiple fellowships and grants, including from the Israel Science Foundation and the US National Endowment for the Humanities.

10:30 Break

11:00 Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law: Dr. Kim Treiger-Bar-Am has taught at Bar Ilan University since her return to Israel upon completion of her master’s and doctoral studies at the University of Oxford (M.Jur. ’98, D.Phil. ’06). Her earlier education was at Yale College and Law School (’85 B.A., ’89 J.D.). Her main research and teaching interests in Civil Rights extend to speech theory and doctrine, and in Intellectual Property, she studies the juncture between speech rights and rights under copyright. She has published widely and lectured in the United States, Israel, Denmark, and in London most recently at the Tate Gallery’s conference on “Copyrighting Creativity”.

12:30 Lunch

14:30 Break

15:00 Land, Ownership and Property Rights: Dr. Rachelle Alterman of the Technion – Israel

Institute of Technology. And Alan Mallach FAICP.

Rachelle Alterman is the Founding President of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights and an Honorary Member of the Association of European Schools of Planning. Dr. Alterman specialized in cross-national comparative analysis of the relationship between planning law, land use regulations, property rights and planning practice. She has published 8 international books, over 100 academic papers, and has been invited to speak at conferences and seminars in 35 countries.

Alan Mallach FAICP has been engaged with urban revitalization, neighborhood stabilization and housing provision for fifty years. A senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress, he has held a number of public and private sector positions including serving as director of housing & economic development for the city of Trenton, New Jersey. He has taught at a number of universities, was a visiting professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York City. He has authored many books, including Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets and A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing; as well as numerous articles in legal and scholarly journals, book chapters, and research and policy reports. He is no stranger to Israel, having spent much of his childhood there, and more recently, as a frequent speaker in Israel in scholarly and public forums on housing and urban policy issues. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, holds a B.A. degree from Yale College, and lives in Roosevelt, New Jersey.

16:30 Summary Session

17:30 End of day – dinner on own

Monday May 15

8:30 Legal Issues and the “Occupation” Attorney Yair Lootsteen, past Legal Advisor to the IDF in Judea and Samaria

10:00 Break

10:30 The Israel Religious Action Center and the Israeli Legal System: Attorney Orly Erez-Likhovski

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Depart for Supreme Court

13:30 Tour of Supreme Court including meeting with Israel Supreme Court Justice

15:30 return to Mercaz Shimshon

16:00 Summary Session

17:00 End of day – dinner on own

Tuesday May 16

8:00 Religion and State with Attorney Rabbi Uri Regev, Hiddush

9:00 Depart for Knesset

10:00 Knesset tour & meeting with members of Knesset

12:30 Lunch

14:30 Break

15:00 Racism, Free Speech and Hate Crimes: Attorney Adv. Tal Raviv of IRAC

16:30 summary of day

17:15 break & dinner on own

19:30 Cocktails

Remarks from Rabbi Gilad Kariv

Wednesday May 17

8:30 Immigration and Refugees: Attorney Nicole Maor, Director of IRAC’s Legal Aid Center for Olim

10:00 Break

10:30 Gender Segregation in the Public Sphere: Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Centre

12:00 Closing session wth Anat Hoffman: Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Centre