Law: Jewish Law and American Law

Mr. Andrew Lauer

Andrew “Avi” Lauer serves as Yeshiva University’s vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel. In this capacity, Mr. Lauer is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to Yeshiva and its affiliates within the United States and abroad. Mr. Lauer also serves as counsel to President Richard Joel. Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva, Mr. Lauer was a partner at the international law firm of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman and Steiner LLP, where he maintained a large and diverse practice, while also serving as an active member of Thelen’s labor and employment law department. Mr. Lauer served as relationship partner to numerous clients in relation to various areas of legal specialty, including corporate, real estate, litigation, technology, outsourcing, bankruptcy, patent and trademark, and he often functioned as outside general counsel to many companies. Mr. Lauer also established and maintained an extensive Israel practice at Thelen and he worked with many Israeli owned and/or affiliated companies and regularly traveled to Israel to meet with his Israeli clients and contacts. Mr. Lauer also has prior professional experience as senior employment counsel in the office of general counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC Consulting), where he was responsible for all employment law related matters affecting the firm and its more than 30,000 employees. In addition, he was responsible for all in-house employment law related matters pertaining to the planned IPO and the ultimate sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he served as assistant general counsel of Deloitte & Touche USA, where he was employment counsel to both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting L.P. Mr. Lauer was also an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, where he conducted numerous trials and investigations and was assigned to several bureaus, including the elite Trial Cadre unit of the Homicide Bureau. Mr. Lauer is involved in numerous community causes and serves and/or has served on the Executive Board of several charitable organizations in...

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Rabbi Yona Reiss

Rabbi Yona Reiss, a noted Torah scholar, attorney and jurist, is the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University (RIETS). He previously served as the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS. Rabbi Reiss is a summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College and went on to receive his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Law Journal. He received semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS, where he also earned the distinction of Yadin Yadin. Rabbi Reiss served as director of the Beth Din of America from 1998 to 2008. In his directorship of the Beth Din, Rabbi Reiss worked to resolve cases of agunot and popularized the use of the Rabbinical Council of America pre-nuptial agreement as a protection against future agunah problems. From 1992 to 1998, Rabbi Reiss was an associate at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Manhattan. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, a certified mediator for the City of New York court system and a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council for New York. Rabbi Reiss serves on the editorial board of Tradition magazine. A frequent writer on a variety of topics relating to both Jewish and secular law, he has published widely in Jewish publications, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and New York Law Journal. Sample Titles Should a Good Jewish Boy/Girl be a Lawyer? Jew vs. Jew in Secular Courts Teshuva as Liberation: The Joy of Being Only Human The Power and Limitations of Jewish Justice Litigating Outside of Beis Din The Yamim Noraim: A Wake Up Call for Teshuva Contemporary Aspects of the...

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Professor Suzanne Last Stone

Suzanne Last Stone is professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and director of Cardozo’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization. She has held the Gruss Visiting Chair in Talmudic Civil Law at the law schools of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was a visiting scholar at Princeton and Columbia Law School. Professor Stone is also an affiliated visiting professor of Jewish law at Hebrew University Law and Tel Aviv University Law School. Professor Stone writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish legal thought and contemporary legal theory. Her publications include “In Pursuit of the Countertext: The Turn to the Jewish Legal Model in Contemporary American Legal Theory” (Harvard Law Review), “The Jewish Conception of Civil Society” (in Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society, Princeton University Press) and “Feminism and the Rabbinic Conception of Justice” (in Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy, Indiana University). Professor Stone is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School and was a Danforth Fellow in 1974 in Jewish history and classical religions at Yale University. Before joining Cardozo, she clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. In addition to teaching courses such as Jewish Law and Political Thought and Jewish Law and American Legal Theory, she currently teaches Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and Law, Religion and the State. Sample Titles Synagogue and State: American Perspectives Torah and the State: Divergent Halakhic Conceptions of the State of Israel The Emergence of Jewish Law in Postmodernist Legal Theory Jewish Law and the Death Penalty Is There Justice in History? A Talmudic Approach Individual and Collective Justice Between Revenge and Reconciliation: Rabbinic Views on Historical Justice Judaism and Tolerance Dina de-Malkhuta Dina (The Law of the State is Law) Is the Halakha a Self-Sufficient Legal System? Views from Within Collective Punishment, War, and Morality How Do...

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