LDB Hosts 5th Law Student Leadership Conference
March 2018
February saw several  advances  in the battle against anti-Semitism. The Brandeis Center held its Fifth Annual Law Student Leadership Conference, where young legal scholars were equipped with tools to combat anti-Semitism on their campuses. Additionally, the Brandeis Center coordinated its Higher Education Reform Coalition in urging Congress to stop abusing federal education funds under Title VI of the Higher Education Opportunities Act. The University of California at Irvine exonerated its chapter of Students Supporting Israel of any wrongdoing associated with a disruption that took place last May. However, the past few weeks also saw a rise in anti-Semitic legislation across Europe. Both Iceland and Denmark will consider bills that would ban non-medical circumcision, while Poland enacted a Holocaust bill that limits free speech and is expected to vote on legislation that would ban kosher slaughter. These topics and more are covered in this edition of the Brandeis Brief. 
 
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Louis D. Brandeis Center Holds Fifth Annual Law Student Leadership Conference
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog

The Louis D. Brandeis Center hosted its fifth annual National Law Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The law students, representing 13 schools including Emory, UCLA, Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington University, the University of Virginia, and CUNY, were given the opportunity to engage with each other in a continuous dialogue about the issues facing them as aspiring lawyers and proponents of civil rights for the Jewish people, all facilitated within a series of lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions.

Jewish and Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Prevent Abuse Of Federal Education Funds
Jackson Richman, Washington Examiner
 
"Our groups are concerned that federal funds under Title VI of the HEOA are being misused to promote biased, one-sided, and anti-Israel programming in our nation's Middle East studies centers," according to a  letter penned  by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and signed by the groups involved. "Congress sought to address this problem in 2008 by requiring that each recipient 'reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views,' among other provisions."

The Louis D. Brandeis Center filed an amicus brief in support of HB 2617, an Arizona state law that requires state contractors to certify that they are not "engaging in a boycott of Israel." The Brandeis Center filed its brief in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU challenging the First Amendment implications of the law. 

Students Supporting Israel Vindicated at Irvine
Jacob May, Brandeis Blog

The University of California--Irvine (UCI) has exonerated Students Supporting Israel from any wrongdoing associated with events that took place in May of 2017. The Louis D. Brandeis Center had been actively engaged in addressing these events, which had previously led to the imposition of discipline against Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). 

Icelandic Parliament to Vote on Circumcision Ban
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog
 
Lawmakers from four different Icelandic parties have co-authored a bill which would ban circumcision without, according to a report from EuroNews, a medical cause "on a person unable to provide informed consent." This bill proposes a six year prison term for anyone who is found guilty of violating the law. 

Polish Holocaust Bill Draws Criticism
Jacob May, Brandeis Blog

Poland's President Andrzej Duda has signed a bill into law that would criminalize references to Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes against Jews during the occupation of Poland in World War II. Considering this troubling development, it is timely to consider the comments offered by the Congressional Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism regarding the potential of this law to impose limitations on free speech. 

Polish Parliament Moves to Ban Kosher Slaughter
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog
 
The Polish parliament is expected to vote on a new "animal welfare" bill. This bill includes a ban on kosher slaughter, under which violators could face a prison sentence of up to four years. Additionally, the bill would include a ban on exporting kosher meat from Poland, which would affect Jewish communities throughout Europe, as well as exports to Israel.

Danish Petition to Ban Circumcision Gaining Support
Jacob May, Brandeis Blog
 
A Danish  petition  to ban non-medical circumcision has gathered over 20,000 signatures since it was introduced on February 1. Needing only 30,000 more signatures to force a vote in the Danish Parliament, this petition seems likely to reach that goal with ease. Proposed and promoted by the group Denmark Intact, the petition seeks to ban non-medical circumcision for boys by setting the minimum age requirement for the procedure at 18 years.

FutureLearn and Yad Vashem Announce Online Anti-Semitism Course
Jacob May, Brandeis Blog
The online instruction platform FutureLearn announced a new course that will begin on March 19th entitled "Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present." This groundbreaking curriculum, designed by Yad Vashem--The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is for anyone with an interest in the history of anti-Semitism. Included amongst the list of distinguished instructors is Louis D. Brandeis' own President and General Counsel,  Kenneth L. Marcus  

LDB Welcomes Jacob May
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog
 
The Louis D. Brandeis Center is proud to announce its new spring intern for 2018, Jacob May. Over the next few months, Jacob will assist in conducting research, writing press releases and drafting articles for the Brandeis Blog. Jacob is a senior at Cornell University majoring in Government and pursuing minors in Public Policy, International Relations, and Law & Society.  

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