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Attorneys Council

Hadassah's Professional Networking Councils provide a unique opportunity for our Members and Associates to connect with others who share the same vocation and take action on issues vital to women, the Jewish community and Israel.

Hadassah Members and Associates who are attorneys are invited to connect nationally and locally. National programs include the Amicus Brief Program and the Supreme Court Swearing In Program. Become a Hadassah Advocate by registering in the National Action Center to receive Advocacy Alerts. Local Attorneys Councils enable lawyers to meet, network and discuss legal and social issues that relate to their careers and the Jewish community while promoting Hadassah's mission.

Amicus Brief Program

Our members with a legal background play a vital role in supporting Hadassah's advocacy efforts through the Hadassah Amicus Brief Program. A nationwide committee of Hadassah Member and Associate Attorneys review coalition amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs to help determine if Hadassah will join the briefs. Most of the briefs Hadassah signs on to involve our domestic policy priorities such as women’s health issues and First Amendment-related religious issues.

In the last three years, Hadassah has joined over 30 briefs concentrated on the topics of contraceptive and abortion access, same-sex marriage rights, separation of church and state, and Title IX. Briefs were also signed regarding public funding of stem cell research, and the State Department's designation of Jerusalem on U.S. passports.

Learn how to join the program.
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Supreme Court Swearing In

As a member of Hadassah's Attorneys Council, you can experience the rare opportunity for an extraordinary inside look at the United States Supreme Court in, Washington, DC, During this whirlwind 24-hour event, participants are sworn in with a Hadassah group to the Supreme Court bar, attend oral arguments before the Supreme Court Justices, meet with Supreme Court staff, receive a tour of the Supreme Court Library, and attend a private meeting with a Supreme Court Justice (schedules permitting). The event also features dinner with a notable speaker. Past speakers have included Supreme Court litigators Nathan and Alyza Lewin, Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, SCOTUSblog editor Amy Howe, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.com, and Attorney/Mediator Kenneth Feinberg Read more ›

The Attorneys Council works closely with Hadassah's advocacy initiatives, and organizes national and local programs especially for attorneys. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our programs.

A Supreme Experience

Hadassah Swearing In to the United States Supreme Court Bar
February 19-20, 2018

Join Hadassah's National Attorneys Council in Washington, DC, and be sworn in before the United States Supreme Court.

Please contact attorneyscouncils@hadassah.org with additional questions.

Qualifications: The Supreme Court Swearing In is open to licensed attorneys who are Life Members or Associates of Hadassah. New Life Members and Associates are welcome!

You do not need to be working full-time or engaged in the traditional practice of law to qualify; however, you must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of your state of admission for a period of at least three years, and have evidence of current good standing.

The Supreme Court limits our number of new admittees to 12 per day (plus 1 guest per new admittee). In order to secure your place, please register as soon as possible. The registration fee of $425 includes three meals, local transportation and speakers. Fee does not include $200 payment to the Supreme Court, travel to DC or local lodging. Please note that all cancellations are subject to a service fee of $100 before October 30, 2017 and $200 before November 20, 2017. No refunds will be issued after November 20, 2017. The cancellation/refund policy also applies to all guests.

A limited number of past participants in Hadassah's United States Supreme Court Swearing In Program are also welcome to attend the 2018 program as an "alum." However, admission to the courtroom to hear oral arguments at the High Court will only be permitted through the "Admitted Attorneys" line, and will not be with the rest of the group. As an "alum" of our program, you will be with the group throughout the balance of the event. Our accommodations at the dinner venue and at the High Court allow for a maximum of six (6) past participants, so early registration for these slots is also encouraged. Only members of the United States Supreme Court Bar who were sworn in with Hadassah may avail themselves of this opportunity.

Registration is now closed.

Supreme Court Swearing In: A Personal Story

By Deborah Kahn, Esq.

Deborah Kahn, Esq. writes about the experience of participating in Hadassah's 2015 Supreme Court Swearing In Program

As the Co-Chair of the all-volunteer committee that coordinates Hadassah's National Attorney Council's annual swearing-in program at the United States Supreme Court, for many years, I have had the distinct privilege and, indeed, the pleasure of leading groups of Life Members and Associates to the High Court in Washington, DC for an event I believe has been aptly described as a slice of legal heaven. This program, a yearly event now entering its seventeenth year at Hadassah, has always been a highlight of the professional and volunteer lives of those in attendance. Having participated in this program myself in its early days (in 2002), I certainly share the sentiments of several of this years participants who have described the entire experience as thrilling, memorable, amazing, and never to be forgotten.

In 2015, we were particularly thrilled to be able to bring two different groups of attorneys to be sworn in before the Justices of the US Supreme Court one group on Monday, February 23, and another group on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The Monday group hailed from across the nation; the Tuesday group included members of the Yashar Chapter based in the Nassau Region, New York, the only Hadassah Chapter comprised exclusively of judges and attorneys, celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year. Each day's program began with a kick-off dinner - these dinners have always been hallmarked by renowned speakers from the legal community, and this year was certainly no exception. On Sunday evening, we were extremely privileged to have Marcia Coyle address our members; Ms. Coyle is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal, a regular commentator on PBS News Hour, and the author of "The Roberts Court, The Struggle for the Constitution". On Monday evening, we were equally privileged to have Marcia D. Greenberger, the Founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, speak to the group. All who attended agreed that the unique insights each dinner speaker possessed - albeit from different perspectives - added immeasurably to the appreciation of the entire event.

On both mornings following our welcome dinners, we received a warm greeting at the High Court by the recently appointed Clerk of the Court, Scott Harris, who also provided an orientation for the actual swearing in ceremony, which preceded oral arguments on both days. After the arguments on Monday, the group had the distinct privilege to meet with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - herself a lifetime member of Hadassah - at lunch; as an added surprise to all in attendance, Justice Ginsburg was accompanied by Theodore Bikel, who was in town for a Jewish film festival that was featuring a documentary about his life's work. The Tuesday group enjoyed a meeting with Justice Stephen Breyer at breakfast, and they also had a meeting with Justice Ginsburg at lunch. On both days, the participants were also treated to a meeting with the 10th Marshal (and the first woman Marshal) of the Court, Pamela Talkin, who had previously arranged for our groups to use one of the historic Conference Rooms throughout our days at the Court. A tour of the majestic Supreme Court Library - led by the extremely knowledgeable and welcoming staff members, who went so far as to assemble a special exhibit of material about Justice Louis D. Brandeis - was also part of both days' itineraries.

My Co-Chair, Tema Sternberg, and the other wonderful women on our Swearing In Committee, Lynn Altshuler, Esq. and Dawn Goldstein, Esq. - and, of course, all of the participants themselves! - uniformly agreed that this forty-eight hour whirlwind was a "SUPREME" experience, and an extraordinary Hadassah program for participants and organizers alike. The only - and I mean only - "downside" of this once-in-a-lifetime event is the fact that participation is strictly limited to twelve attorneys per day. We encourage early commitments for the 2018 program, plans for which are already well underway! For more information, or to be put on the early registration list which is already filling fast, please contact attorneyscouncil@hadassah.org or debkahn@buttermankahn.com.

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