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So, Some Jewish Lawyers Walk Into a Room.

Most academic conferences don't feature scholars reading their bar mitzvah speeches, playfully referring to each other with rabbinic titles, or reminiscing about the influence of their childhood Passover Seders on their intellectual output. But the "Judaism and Constitutional Law" conference, which took place last week at DePaul University in Chicago, was not a typical academic affair.

The all-day event invited elite law professors from across America to talk about how Judaism had influenced their understanding and practice of the law. Participants tackled questions like: What does a rabbi's sermon share in common with constitutional argument? How might libertarianism and its emphasis on personal freedom draw upon the Jewish historical experience? And how have efforts to combat anti-Semitism influenced constitutional theory?

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Author:Rosenberg, Yair
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Apr 10, 2014
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