Jewish Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court With Denise Karlin, Esq.

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This course will give participants an overview of the eight Jewish individuals who served as justices of the United States Supreme Court. We will examine their views on various legal issues, the political circumstances under which they were nominated and approved and the degree of influence each has had in shaping the court.

We will have three sessions and look at the justices in chronological order. The first session will include discussions of Justices Brandeis, Cardozo and Frankfurter. The second session will examine Justices Goldberg and Fortas and the nearly 25-year loss of the so-called “Jewish seat.” The last session will look at the modern era and review the three currently sitting Jewish justices: Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan. An overarching theme will be, “Does it matter if Jews sit on the Supreme Court? Why or why not?”

Denise J. Karlin, Esq., is legal counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the state agency that regulates all early education programs and is tasked with keeping our youngest and most vulnerable safe while in the care of others and ensuring that high-quality care is available to children of the Commonwealth. Karlin has worked in state government for over 30 years and is an expert in state administrative law, having authored articles and treatises on the subject. Karlin is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliff College and Harvard Law School and is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. She is a longtime member and lay leader at Temple Ohabei Shalom.

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Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
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