Training attorneys to combat rising threat of anti-Semitism

Monday, November 26, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

law booksA group that fights for the rights of Jewish students on college campuses has launched a new initiative.

JIGSAW – "Justice Initiative Guiding Student Activists Worldwide" – is the brainchild of Alyza Lewin, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center. She explains the reason she introduced JIGSAW.

"One of the things that we have found is that undergraduate law students and, quite frankly, even attorneys don't understand all of the legal tools available to combat anti-Semitism. It requires a knowledge of multiple areas of law," she emphasizes.

Specifically, the goals of JIGSAW are:

  • To provide law school students with the in-depth legal training and expertise needed to effectively combat anti-Semitism and BDS on campus.
  • To enable these trained law students to act as mentors to undergraduate students to help them more effectively address anti-Semitism and BDS on campus.
  • To educate and train the next generation of pro-Israel attorneys so they develop from first-hand experience not only a keen understanding of the necessary legal tools to combat anti-Semitism but also the motivation to remain engaged, effective advocates after they graduate law school.

The Center, she continues, will be selecting a group of 12 law students to serve as their first pilot group of JIGSAW fellows.

"They'll be selected based on their academics and their interests, but also their geographic regions of the country – because the idea will be to have these JIGSAW fellows spread out across the country so that they can assist neighboring universities," Lewin explains.

She says they want to grow the program to 50 fellows next year and to 100 after that. And then, Lewin says, as the law students graduate and become lawyers, they'll be able to continue their work.

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