“This is Yeshiva University” and “Cardozo Life” Receive Gold for Mobile Media
For the second year in a row, two of Yeshiva University’s mobile applications have been recognized as winners in the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 2014 Education Digital Marketing Awards. Created for the iPad, “Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” each won the gold award for Mobile Media.
“Our unique story is what makes winning these awards possible—and we want to tell this story in every medium—print, digital, mobile,” said Judy Tashji, creative director in YU’s office of Communications and Public Affairs. “The next version of “This Is Yeshiva University” for the iPad is being developed now. The awards certainly give us a sense of accomplishment and the inspiration to keep making these experiences better and better.” Read the rest of this entry…
Legal Website Provides English Translations of Decisions of The Israeli Supreme Court
Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has announced a new website, Versa: Opinions of the Supreme Court of Israel, providing English translations of selected decisions of the Israeli high court. Versa is a unique resource that will increase awareness of how Israel’s high court rules on hundreds of cases, with important implications for democracy and international law. The site also includes essays and scholarly dialogue on the jurisprudence of the Court, the role of the Court in Israeli society, and on comparative approaches to the legal issues the Court has addressed.
The new website is part of the Israeli Supreme Court Project (ISCP) at Cardozo, which is devoted to disseminating, understanding, and engaging in academic discussions of the work of the Court.
Read the rest of this entry…
Matthew Diller to Conclude Six Years of Service as Cardozo’s Dean in June 2015
Matthew Diller will leave his position as the dean of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at the end of the academic year in June 2015 to become the dean of Fordham Law School, where he spent 16 years as a professor and associate dean.
“Dean Diller’s achievements for Cardozo have been outstanding,” said David Samson, chairman of the Cardozo Board of Overseers. “Cardozo has been fortunate to have Matthew’s leadership, and we wish him all the best as he returns to his original academic home.”
During his tenure, Dean Diller worked with board members and faculty to expand ties within the New York legal community; to create new clinics, including the Indie Film Clinic, the Tech Startup Clinic, the Youth Justice Clinic, and the Civil Rights Clinic; and to expand fundraising campaigns. He built on Cardozo’s leadership in intellectual property law with new courses and initiatives in Internet and information law, e-discovery, technology, fashion, and entertainment law; and he pioneered a first-of-its kind job program for recent graduates based on a medical residency model.
Read the rest of this entry…
Revel Student’s Research Examines Daily Legalities of Biblical Life Through a Comparative Lens
Judaism relies heavily on its legal library: written discussions of the law are almost synonymous with the religion, describing practices that date back to the beginnings of the Bible and beyond. But what did those practices actually look like in the day-to-day lives of ancient Israelites? Like many civilizations of the time, the Jews of the biblical era used papyrus for everyday business affairs; few artifacts from the era survive to illustrate how the rules and regulations found in the canonical Torah were observed.
For Yael Landman Wermuth, a doctoral student at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the key to understanding these texts lies not so much in the history of ancient Jews, but in that of their neighbors.
Landman Wermuth’s doctoral thesis examines areas of biblical law through a comparative lens, drawing on examples from the contemporary Mesopotamian and Hittite law codes, which contain many similarities to that of the Bible, as well as ancient Near Eastern contracts, letters, trial records and other documents that offer a glimpse of legal practice in everyday Mesopotamian life. Read the rest of this entry…
Students, Faculty and Alumni Honored as Points of Light at Hanukkah Dinner
Students, faculty and alumni who embody the mission of Yeshiva University were recognized as “Points of Light” during the dinner portion of Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, held at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria on December 14.
“The lesson of Hanukkah is that the Jewish people must cast the light of our values onto the world,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “Tonight, we publicize the lights that represent the past, present, and future of Yeshiva University.”
Read more about the Points of Light below. Read the rest of this entry…
Journalist and Author Claire Shipman to Discuss New Book at November 17 Robbins-Wilf Program
Despite having made extensive progress in achieving parity and outnumbering men in colleges and professional schools, and despite substantially increasing their numbers in middle management, women are scarcely found at the leadership of large corporations or major institutions. Why is that the case?
On Monday, November 17, Yeshiva University will host a lecture featuring Claire Shipman, journalist and best-selling author, where she will address this paradox. The lecture, part of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence program at YU’s Stern College for Women, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, on 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City.
Shipman will discuss her latest book, The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, which she co-authored with Katty Kay of the BBC. The book investigates the sources of what the authors refer to as the confidence gap between men and women. Read the rest of this entry…
“Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” Apps Receive Recognition in UCDA Design Competition
Two apps designed by Yeshiva University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA), “This is Yeshiva University” and “Cardozo Life,” have won highly competitive awards from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA), the nation’s first and only association for professionals involved in the creation of visual communications for educational institutions.
The YU apps received two out of four awards in the Mobile App category of UCDA’s Design Competition. There were more than 1,100 entries to the overall competition and 179 received awards. Digital entries were peer-reviewed and judged for appearance, flexibility, interactivity, message and suitability for their intended audiences, with creativity in solving the problems of designing for digital media as a primary focus.
Read the rest of this entry…
Straus Center and Honors Program Event Provides Practical Comparison of American and Talmudic Law
Why do appellate courts exist? What role do fellow judges play in the decision-making process? What is the most difficult legal case you have ever decided?
These were all questions posed to both Judge Joseph Greenaway and Rabbi Yona Reiss at an engaging event hosted by Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought together with the Stern College for Women’s S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program to discuss their experiences in law and how the American and Talmudic systems approach legal circumstances.
Professor Adina Levine moderates the discussion between Judge Joseph Greenaway and Rabbi Yona Reiss
The panel discussion, moderated by Professor Adina Levine, who is instructing the Stern Honors course, “Comparative American and Talmudic Law”—sponsored by the Straus Center—touched on issues of enforceability, criminal justice systems, anti-trust laws, and the role of lawyers in the court. In dynamic conversation with each other and the audience, Greenaway and Rabbi Reiss discussed parts of the legal decision process as well as instances when both American and Talmudic law must be considered.
“I have found that it is very helpful for a dayan [Jewish law judge] to have a legal background,” said Rabbi Reiss Read the rest of this entry…
In Its Second Year, Cardozo Book Loan Program Makes 1,800 Textbooks More Affordable for Students
It began with a simple observation.
At the end of the fall 2012 semester, Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law students Matthew Kriegsman and Kenneth Renov noticed that a lot of their peers were dumping the extremely expensive textbooks they’d just purchased that summer in the trash because, once used, the books had little to no resale value. It seemed like a terrible waste. “One of those books could cost $100 to $200 and you only use it for two months,” said Kriegsman.
Cardozo student Matthew Kriegsman helps oversee the Cardozo Law Book Loan Program.
Read the rest of this entry…
New Course Prepares Psychology Students to Evaluate and Work With Asylum Seekers
The threat of persecution due to one’s religious or political beliefs may be unimaginable to most United States citizens, but for many people abroad, that threat is real and frightening, causing them to flee and seek refuge elsewhere.
Dr. Bill Salton
Last year, two professors at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Dr. Bill Salton and Dr. Carl Auerbach, began researching the topic of asylum after a colleague, Dr. Barbara Eisold, suggested that asylum seekers be evaluated at the school’s Max and Celia Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic. They brought this suggestion to Dr. Lawrence Siegel, dean of Ferkauf, and to Dr. Lata McGinn, associate professor of psychology and director of the clinical psychology program, who offered their support for the project.
Salton, associate clinical professor of psychology and clinical director of the Parnes Clinic, and Auerbach, professor of psychology, soon enrolled in intensive training sessions designed to qualify them as evaluators. They also enlisted the participation of their students, leading to the creation of a class devoted solely to training students in this specialized field.
The inaugural course, “Working With Asylum Seekers,” was offered last spring and taught students how to psychologically evaluate asylum seekers and write reports that would be presented in court on their behalf. Read the rest of this entry…