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The Holocaust: Reflections Today
Thursday, May 19, 2011 1 PM-5 PM

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The Holocaust is relevant today to our understanding of the capacity of human beings to operate without a moral compass. We will have the opportunity to hear the testimony of a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz. Then we will examine the impact of the Holocaust on the ethics of three professions: Law, Medicine, and Journalism. Finally, we will reflect on the Holocaust today in current events such as Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. How can lawyers and others in society learn the ethical and legal lessons of the Holocaust? How can we ensure that no future Holocaust is implemented under color of law?

Session 1 (1 – 2 pm):
STEPHEN YOUNGER, President, New York State Bar Association; Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Testimony from a Holocaust Survivor: BRONIA BRANDMAN


Session 2 (2 – 3:30 pm): Panel on the Holocaust and the Ethical Considerations in the Professions
JAMES R. SILKENAT, Director, World Justice Project, American Bar Association; Sullivan & Worchester LLP
DAVID GOLDMAN, McDermott Will & Emery
DR. MARK MERCURIO, Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale University School of Medicine
ARI GOLDMAN, Columbia University School of Journalism
AMOS FRIEDLAND, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP


Session 3 (4:15 – 4:45 pm): Panel on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Today
YEHUDIT BARSKY, American Jewish Committee
DR. CHARLES SMALL, Founder and Director, Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, Yale University


Moderator/Concluding Remarks (4:45 – 5 pm):
CAROLE BASRI, Senior Vice President, Balint, Brown & Basri LLC; Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Sponsored by:
Council on International Affairs, Mark R. Shulman, Chair
Co-sponsored by:
American Bar Association ( ABA) World Justice Project; New York State Bar Association International Section

Members of the Association and their guests are invited to attend.