Calendar of Events

  • Oct
    CLE - Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12 pm
    Cozen O’Connor, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Gratz College President and historian Paul Finkelman will discuss his new book, “SUPREME INJUSTICE : Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court”. The book follows Supreme Court Chief Justices John Marshall and Roger B. Taney as well as Associate Justice Joseph Story and their “slavery jurisprudence “. Mr. Finkelman explains how their court opinions helped strengthen the institution of slavery in the United States.

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  • Nov
    Executive Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
    Aramark Tower, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor Board Room, Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov
    Louis D. Brandeis Annual Chanukah Party
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
    National Museum of American Jewish History 101 South Independence Mall East
    It’s that time of year again….. Time to get ready for the annual Brandeis Chanukah Party. This year the party will be on November 27, at the National Museum of American Jewish History. We will be honoring our own Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss with the Ben Levy Community Service Award. Register now to attend this amazing event, with great food, great drink, and great company…. You! Details are shown on the invitation.

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  • Dec
    Executive Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
    Aramark Tower, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor Board Room, Philadelphia, PA



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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