Lawyers Without Rights: Lessons from Yesterday for Today, 10/11

Co-sponsored by the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, 
the Brandeis Law Society and Gratz College

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Wednesday, October 11
5:30 p.m.

Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons
John F. Scarpa Hall

The Girard-diCarlo Center and the Villanova Law Library present Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich. As the rule of law comes under attack today throughout the world, the Lawyers Without Rights traveling exhibit tragically portrays what can happen when the just rule of law disappears — replaced by an arbitrary rule by law that sweeps aside the rights and dignity of selected populations. The story of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Berlin and all of Germany is more than a historical footnote; it is a wake-up call that a system of justice free of improper political considerations remains fragile and should never be taken for granted. The lesson from the exhibit is about the rule of law and how one government – the Third Reich in Germany – systematically undermined fair and just law through humiliation, degradation and legislation, leading to the expulsion of Jewish lawyers and jurists from the legal profession.

On Wednesday, October 11, join the Girard-diCarlo Center for a timely and powerful discussion led by the Honorable David Gill, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and Douglas Morris, author and former Federal Defender in New York City. A reception will immediately follow the discussion, and the exhibit will be open for viewing. This traveling exhibit is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and the German Federal Bar Association.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this event for 1 Ethics CLE credit. Please note registration is required to receive CLE credit. This event is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Event or a Professional Engagement Activity for the purposes of Professional Development II and Professional Development III.

Note: The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit is open to the public during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) through October 18. It is on the second floor of the Villanova Law Library. Please visit the library circulation desk on the first floor in John F. Scarpa Hall to check in and view the exhibit.