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  • Dec
    Executive Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
    Aramark Tower, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor Board Room, Philadelphia, PA



Philadelphia Bar Association is in need of volunteers

Looking to make a real, meaningful difference this Election Day (May 21, 2019)? The Philadelphia Bar Association is in need of volunteers to promote its ratings of candidates running for state judicial office and help break the wheel of reliance on ballot position. The Association's Judicial Commission thoroughly investigates and rates all candidates running for judge in Philadelphia, and needs your help to get its ratings in the hands of voters as they go to the polls.

Volunteers are needed to work at polling places across Philadelphia on May 21 from 7-10 am and 5-8 pm. Handing out the ratings at polling places will help to educate voters as to which candidates are highly recommended or recommended by the Commission as they are preparing to cast important votes for judicial vacancies. You can sign up to work either or both shifts at:

Please note: You do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort! Encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well! We will be staffing as many polling places across Philadelphia as we can, so we need all the help we can get.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Olesh at (814) 414-1163 or, or Nicholas Kamau at (267) 847-8477 or


Jennifer Coatsworth, Esq.
Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

The Brandeis Family is Expanding

Founding Brandeis members Judge Anne Lazarus and Mitch Klevan are new very proud grandparents. Their daughter, Sarah Klevan, and son-in-law, Dylan Beighley welcomed Emmett Beighley Klevan on March 24 at 3:37. He weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 22 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great and Mitch and Judge Anne are overjoyed! We wish them all a huge Mazal tov and are very excited for the entire family!

Congressional Efforts Condemn Anti-Semitism

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society applauds recent Congressional efforts to condemn anti-Semitism as well as all forms of bigotry. Hate and prejudice do not have a place in our diverse and pluralistic society. The Society applauds bringing this issue to the forefront in a bi-partisan way.


Jennifer Coatsworth, Esq.
Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

Happy Chanukah

Dear Fellow Members:

As we begin to light the Chanukah candles and celebrate the joy of this festive holiday, I hope the glow of the candles brings to you and your family joy and happiness. I share the attached link as a reminder of all that we have to celebrate at this time of year. It is a great parody reminding us of the story of Chanukah. I wish love and light and lots and lots of latkes to you and your family!


Jennifer Coatsworth, Esq.
Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

Tragedy in Pittsburgh

Dear Fellow Members and Friends:

We were absolutely shocked, saddened, and angered to learn this Shabbat morning about the senseless, evil, anti-Semitic-inspired mass shooting which occurred across our state at The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eleven people were killed and several others were injured within a sacred place of worship on a holy day in the heavily Jewish-populated Squirrel Hill neighborhood. On behalf of its leadership and members, The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society extends its thoughts, prayers, hearts and sympathies to the victims and families who were permanently altered and scarred by this vile act of hate and domestic terrorism. We must all come together and thoroughly and unequivocally reject anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in our state, our country, and our world.


Jennifer Coatsworth, Esq.
Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

2018 Fellowship Program

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce its seventh annual Brandeis Fellowship Program. The program will give recent 2017 and 2018 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.

Click here for more information.

L'Shanah Tovah 5778

Foundation New Year Greetings

On behalf of the officers and Executive Committee members of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation, we wish you a year of sweetness, health, peace and happiness. May the coming year be a year in which we are able to share the joy of giving, a year in which we are blessed with the ability to share our good fortune with others, and a year of continued fulfillment.

May the challenges of the present become the accomplishments of the future.

Article on Judicial Independence

Dear Fellow Members and Friends:

Attached HERE please find an article on Judicial Independence that we recently co-wrote. It has been submitted for publication to the Jewish Exponent and will be published on August 23, 2018.


Jennifer Coatsworth, Esq.
Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.)
President of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation
Former Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

South Street Bridge Anti-Semitism Alleged

We were very disturbed to learn about an anti-Semitic act of vandalism which occurred in Philadelphia last week. An individual or individuals spray-painted "**** Jews" along the Schuylkill River Trail in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Fortunately, Philadelphia workers were able to act quickly and remove the graffiti. On behalf of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, we condemn this and other acts of hate which are an affront to a diverse, democratic, and free society. We applaud local officials for moving quickly to condemn and remove this offensive screed.

The Golden Door

When we were small children, we learned a song in elementary school that I later learned contained the words of Emma Lazarus's great sonnet which is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. For those who may have forgotten those words, and the symbolism of where they were placed, I repeat them here:

"Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

America has always been, at least until very recently, a nation that welcomed those who fled hunger, poverty, fear, torture, and violence, and who came here in search of a better life. We understood that our nation grew stronger when we welcomed those who were committed to our values and who were willing to sacrifice to provide a better life for their families.

We understood, as a people, the value of a strong family structure. Indeed, the welfare of our children has always been a priority for Americans.

And yet, it appears that there are those in our government, in our leaders who believe that these words and protections only apply to some and not to all. These individuals believe that it is just and proper to imprison families who fled terror, violence, poverty and hunger, merely because they did not enter this country with proper documentation. These individuals believe that it is appropriate to separate children from their parents, imprisoning them separately, or destroying the family structure. These individuals seem to be willing to demonize undocumented immigrants as criminals or less than human, and therefore to justify their actions against these poor souls.

The damage that these actions have caused, and will cause, will irreparably alter the fabric of our nation. No amount of therapy is likely to cure these children of the damage they have suffered.

It is time for each of us, as Americans, to think, once again of Emma Lazarus's words. It is time for each of us to use our strong voices in protest against these practices. It is time for each of us to remember what has made America special: We are a nation of immigrants who believe in the rights of others, who understand that we have an obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and who understand that only our free voices can cause positive change in the policies being espoused by our elected leaders.

Let us never allow the Golden Door to be closed to those who knock.

Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.), President, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation

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