Nathan Lewin, Esq. to Deliver Lecture at Touro Law

Jewish Law Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series to Host Nathan Lewin on March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

February 29, 2012

Touro Law Center’s Jewish Law Institute welcomes Nathan Lewin, Esq. as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 pm. Mr. Lewin will deliver a public lecture titled, “The Legal Profession and the Orthodox Jewish Lawyer – Change Over Half a Century.”

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Lewin deliver this lecture at Touro Law,” said Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute. “He is a prominent attorney and nationally recognized authority on religious rights and freedoms. The event promises to be an exciting and informative evening.”

Mr. Lewin comes from a renowned line of Polish rabbis. Three of his grandparents were murdered in the Holocaust. His parents fled with him, when he was 3 years old, from Poland to Lithuania in September 1939, and his mother obtained for the family the first transit visas issued for Jewish refugees by Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Consul in Kovno, who rescued several thousand Jews by issuing such visas. The Lewin family traveled by trans-Siberian railroad to Vladivostok and then to Kobe, Japan. They arrived in
the United States in 1941.

Mr. Lewin attended Ramaz School and Yeshiva University High School and College. He then studied at Harvard Law School and was a Law Clerk to Justice John M. Harlan of the Supreme Court. He served in the Department of Justice as Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division and spent one year as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in charge of visas and passports. Mr. Lewin currently teaches Supreme Court litigation at Columbia Law School and has taught at Georgetown, Harvard, University of Chicago, and George Washington Law Schools. He has presented 28 oral arguments in the Supreme Court of the United States, including the three most important cases involving Jewish religious rights argued in the past 30 years. He has been listed in four separate categories in “The Best Lawyers in America” for more than 25 years, and was recognized by The Washingtonian in 1992 as No. 2 in “Washington’s 50 Best Lawyers” and by the Legal Times in 2008 as one of Washington’s Greatest Lawyers of the Past 30 Years.”

Mr. Lewin was President of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington from 1982 to 1984 and is on the Boards of Agudath Israel and the Orthodox Union. He has dedicated much of his time and energy to advocacy on behalf of the Jewish community. He is currently engaged in the full-time practice of law with his daughter Alyza at Lewin & Lewin, LLP.

The evening will begin with a reception in Mr. Lewin’s honor at 5:30 with a lecture to follow.
The event is open to the Touro Law community and public at no charge. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please email or call Courtney Klein at (631) 761-7064.


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