The New York State Bar Association Judicial Section and Council of Judicial Associations present:
“Law, Justice and the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany”
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 5:00pm - 5:25pm - Registration
5:30pm - 7:00pm - Program
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Reception
Location: Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Foley Square (40 Centre Street), Room 145, New York, New York 10007
Registration Fee: Free
Pre-registration required by October 25th. Space is limited. Program materials are mailed in advance of program.
Registration: Pre-registration required by October 25th. Space is limited. Program materials are mailed in advance of program.
Presented By: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Sponsored by: The New York State Bar Association Judicial Section, the Honorable Conrad Singer, Presiding Chair
The Nazi period presented the judiciary with intense personal and professional dilemmas. Judges especially were among the few inside Germany who could have challenged the legitimacy of the regime as well as the laws restricting civil rights and guarantees of property. And yet, the overwhelming majority did not. Instead, most judges not only upheld the law but interpreted in broad and far-reaching ways that facilitated, rather than hindered, the Nazis’ ability to carry out their agenda. The decisions they made left millions vulnerable to the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the Nazi state.
In the Museum’s Law, Justice and the Holocaust program for judges, participants seek to critically examine the pressures faced by German jurists under the Nazis. This close scrutiny of the past provides a framework for a debate on the role of the judiciary in the United States today: what is the responsibility of judges to the legal system as a whole? What have been the challenges to a fair and impartial administration of justice in the United States? What can judges do to ensure that the kinds of failures that led to the Holocaust do not happen in this country?
For more information: Patricia Wood, email@example.com; 518.487.5570
Special Thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the US Courts for the Second Circuit, Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse