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February 23, 2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fifteen members of Hadassah's National Center for Attorneys' Councils were sworn in to the United States Supreme Court Bar on February 21, 2012, as part of the councils' 12th annual Supreme Court swearing-in program. The lawyers being sworn in represented nine states.
The program commenced on Monday, February 20, with a dinner and presentation by Supreme Court litigators Nathan Lewin and his daughter, Alyza Lewin, who are the past-president and current president, respectively, of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. The father-daughter team recently argued Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State Clinton before the Supreme Court.
The following day, February 21, at the Supreme Court, the admittees participated in the official swearing-in ceremony before the entire court and heard the reading of court decisions and oral arguments in the two cases on the docket: Freeman v. Quicken Loans Inc. and Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd.
The group had the distinct privilege of a personal meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a Life Member of Hadassah, and Justice Stephen Breyer. Ginsberg spoke of her recent visit to Tunisia and Egypt, her admiration for Henrietta Szold, Hadassah's founder, and answered questions regarding her career path.
The 10th Marshal of the Supreme Court (and Hadassah Life Member), Pamela Talkin, spoke to the group over lunch in the East Conference Room of the court, and the 11th Supreme Court Chief Librarian Linda Maslowe took the group on a tour of the court's newly renovated library and the rare books room.
National Hadassah's Attorneys' Council Chair Beth Saltzman Aaronson said, "This event is certainly the highlight of our program year and, for the participants, a highlight of their professional and volunteer life. The Councils provide forums for our members who are attorneys to lend their expertise to Hadassah as it advocates on issues important to women and the Jewish community, network on a professional and social level, attend Hadassah-lead professional seminars and continuing educational programs, and journey on missions to Washington and Israel."
Hadassah National President Marcie Natan and Hadassah National Vice President Shelley Sherman both came to Washington to attend. Attorney Dawn Goldstein of Bethesda, Md., served on the program committee and is co-chair of the Washington, D.C. Area Hadassah Attorneys' Council. Tema Sternberg of Silver Spring, Md., co-chaired the program along with Deborah Kahn of New York.
The Attorneys' Council also engages in an amicus brief program in which Hadassah partners with other U.S. organizations as a friend of the court in briefs that focus on issues within Hadassah's policy, such as women's health and First Amendment freedoms. Attorneys and law students are invited to join either the National Center or one of the many regional Attorneys' Councils. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifteen members of Hadassah's National Center for Attorneys' Councils were sworn in to the United States Supreme Court Bar on February 21, 2012, as part of the councils' 12th annual Supreme Court swearing-in program. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan and National Vice President Shelley Sherman attended.
Hadassah National President Marcie Natan meets Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a Life Member of Hadassah, at the U.S. Supreme Court on February 21, 2012.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is the largest women's Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects. In the United States, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judaea and connections with Israel. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.