Calendar of Events

  • Dec
    Brandeis Chanukah Party
    Tuesday, December 01, 2015, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
    National Museum of American Jewish History 101 South Independence Mall East
    Join Us for the Annual Brandeis Chanukah Party on Tuesday, December 1, at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Benjamin Levy Community Service Award will be awarded to Adam Laver, Esq., and the Chancellor’s Award will be awarded to The Hon. Norma Shapiro. In addition to marvelous food and drink (including the Scotch bar, of course), we will install new officers and thank our Chancellor, Jeff Gross, Esq. for his remarkable service. The party begins at 5:30 P.M. Details are shown on the invitation.

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  • Dec
    Bar Association Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, December 08, 2015, 11:15 am
    Park Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad & Walnut Streets, Grand Ballroom
    will be purchasing tables for the Philadelphia Bar Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Members who wish to attend should register for the event through us.

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  • Dec
    Executive Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, December 09, 2015, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
    Aramark Tower, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor Board Room, Philadelphia, PA



Condolences to the Family of Brandeis Member Lynn Zeitlin

We regret to inform you of the death of Brandeis' member, Lynn Zeitlin , z'l. Many of you had a chance to get to know Lynn, a past chair of Jewish Law Day. She was also very active in the community. A link to the obituary may be found here.

Lynn will be greatly missed. Our condolences to her wife Gabrielle, spouse and her whole family. The Philadelphia Jewish community mourns the loss of this great person. Contributions in her memory may be made to Planned Parenthood or The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia earmarked for Jewish Pride.

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

November 16, 2015, 7:30 PM
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is proud to announce that we are once again sponsoring the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. This year the film we are sponsoring is titled "The Law (La Loi)" a Philadelphia premiere. The film will be shown on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street. Those who attend the film will qualify for 1.5 Ethics CLE credits.

Based on a true story, this racy and riveting courtroom drama will have audiences on the edge of their seats through its closing credits. In the fall of 1974, Simone Veil, the French health minister under President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, was charged with the thankless job of pushing for the passage of a law legalizing abortion in France. As portrayed by Emmanuelle Devos in a career-defining role, this taut political thriller follows Veil as she fights for THE LAW on behalf of all French women during a harrowing three-day parliamentary debate. Against the objections of the opposition party, the Catholic Church, and even amongst some in her own party, Veil, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, refuses to back down. As the stakes are raised and Veil is forced to confront increasingly vile personal attacks, she intensifies her efforts to upend society’s dangerous misconceptions about abortion and a woman’s right to choose.


Sad News

We regret to inform you that the life of Neely Tal Snyder, Judge Snyder's daughter-in-law, was cut short Monday morning in a motor vehicle accident in Maryland. Here are the details on the funeral and Shiva:

The funeral will be Wednesday, August 12 at 3:30 pm at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. The Shiva will be held through Tuesday morning at 7904 Ivy Lane, Pikesville, MD.

On behalf of Brandeis, I want to wish Judge Snyder, his son Joshua, and the entire family our sincere condolences over the loss of this wonderful woman. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to Brandeis Members Jennifer Coatsworth, Steve Silver, and Lisa Margulies - Recognition for making a difference

We would like to take the time to congratulate Brandeis members Jennifer Coatsworth, Steve Silver, and Lisa Margulies for being recognized by media outlet Billy Penn for being three of the 18 young leaders making a difference in Philly's legal community. The article may be found here ( Jen, Lisa and Steve appear as numbers 3, 13, and 16, respectively. Please take a few moments to read about these impressive young lawyers and feel free to personally congratulate them on this honor as well. It is very satisfying to have Brandeis members overrepresented on this exclusive list.

Passing of Marlene-Sandy Oretsky, mother of RECORDING Secretary Melissa J. Oretsky

We regret to inform you of the death of Brandeis' Corresponding Secretary and Executive Board Member Melissa J. Oretsky Muskin's mother, Marlene-Sandy Oretsky , z'l. The Oretsky family had a private funeral. Here are some additional words and tribute video from Melissa about her mother:

She was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother. She always put her family before herself, and her granddaughter (my daughter) was more important to her than the air she breathed. If anyone is interested in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Marlene-Sandy Oretsky.

Attached is a tribute we made for her service.

2015 Brandeis Fellowship Application Information Now Available

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce its fourth annual Brandeis Fellowship Program. The program will give recent 2014 and 2015 law school graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience while providing legal services to needy Philadelphians. We also have limited placement of interested Fellows with Judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

As of today, Brandeis Fellows have a 100% success rate in finding employment after successfully completing the program.

Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 23.

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Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Mentorship Program

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is pleased to kickoff the second year of our mentoring program. The program is designed to promote professionalism, ethics, and legal skills by cultivating mentor relationships in support of the Jewish legal community. Mentoring offers students and young attorneys the opportunity to connect one on one with attorneys and judges who can provide the benefit of their years of experience. The mentor relationship provides guidance for the next generation as they forge ahead in law school and as young attorneys. If you would like to sign up to connect with a Brandeis mentor, volunteer to be a mentor, or if you have any questions, click here to contact Samantha Zipkin. Please provide your name, contact information, preferred practice area, school/graduation information (if applicable), and any goals you hope to achieve through this process. We will do our best to match you accordingly.


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Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Questions

Do you have questions regarding Continuing Legal Education Credit received through the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society? If so, please contact the chambers of the Hon. Anne E. Lazarus at
(215) 560-6301. Our Founding Chancellor, Judge Lazarus, oversees the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society CLE Program.

Our generous Chanukah Party sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors whose generosity helped to make our Chanukah Party such a success.

Garretson Resolution Group Pogust Barlow Millrood, LLC Counsel Financial Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C. The Sentinel Group The Lien Resolution Center
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