Michael Oren to Accept Touro Law’s Gould Book AwardOctober 27, 2015
Michael Oren has been selected as the Bruce K. Gould Book Award recipient for his bestseller “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” Touro Law Center announced today. A book signing will be held on Thursday, November 12th at 5:00 pm and the award presentation, including an acceptance speech by Oren, will begin at 6:00 pm. at Touro Law Center. The event is free and open to the public.
“We look forward to recognizing Michael Oren, a member of the Israeli Knesset, and presenting him with the annual Bruce K. Gould Book Award,” said Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin.
Michael Oren served as the Israeli ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. An American by birth and a historian by training, Oren arrived at his diplomatic post just as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton assumed office. During Oren's tenure in office, Israel and America grappled with the Palestinian peace process, the Arab Spring and existential threats to Israel posed by international terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program.
The Bruce K. Gould Book Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding publication related to the law, legal profession or legal system. Previous award recipients include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former US Senator Christopher Dodd, journalist Bob Woodward and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The award is named for its benefactor Bruce K. Gould, an alumnus of Touro Law Center, class of 1984. Gould is a founding member and second president of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Association, an active member of Touro Law Center’s Board of Governors, was Chairman of the Law Center’s Capital Campaign Committee and in 1994, endowed the Law Center’s First Faculty Chair. He is also on the Board of the Jewish National Fund and is passionate about U.S. and Israeli relations.
According to Gould, “Ambassador Oren truly embodied the spirit and essence of a proud American/Israeli Jew. I have read a number of his books and I am impressed by his knowledgeable grasp of the American kinship with Israel dating back to colonial times.”
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