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FOLCS Remembers Jack Greenberg

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FOLCS Remembers Jack Greenberg FOLCS acknowledges the death of one of our former Film Series guests, the legendary civil rights attorney, Jack Greenberg, who passed away on October 12, 2016, at age 91. Greenberg argued 40 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education. Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 22, 1924. His Jewish parents had fled Europe because of anti-Semitism. During the Second World War, he entered the U.S. Navy and fought in Japan. Greenberg held a B.A. from Columbia College, and an LL.B and an LL.D from Columbia Law School. His strong commitment to the fight against injustice inspired him study the law, and later used it as a tool to advocate for civil rights. He joined the legal team created by Thurgood Marshall, the founding director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. There,


The 6 types of lawyer movies (by Thane Rosenbaum)

When it comes to films about the legal system, spoiler alerts aren’t necessary. For the most part, there’s little ambiguity about where a law film is going—no real surprises, few cliffhangers and not much in the way of romance. Movie lawyers are not unlike their real-life counterparts: Long days of reviewing documents and ……… Click HERE to read more Cover of the ABA Journal, by director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU School of Law, Thane Rosenbaum. 


FOLCS Remembers Auschwitz Survivor Elie Wiesel

FOLCS is deeply saddened to hear that Elie Wiesel passed away on July 2, 2016, at age 87. Wiesel was an inspirational Auschwitz survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and remarkable novelist. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, where he lived with his parents and three sisters. In March 1944 when Germany occupied Hungary extending the Holocaust into it, Wiesel was only 15 years old. At this time, Wiesel, his family, and the rest of Sighet’s Jewish population were placed in one of the two confinement ghettos set up in Máramarossziget (Signet). In May of 1944, Wiesel and his family, along with many others in the Jewish community, were deported by the Hungarian authorities to the Auschwitz concentration camp. There, his mother and younger sister were killed. Wiesel and his father were later transferred to Buchenwald, where his father passed away several weeks before the camp’s liberation. After surviving the Holocaust


US/Iran relations: How is the fight for democracy in Iran affected by who becomes the President of the United States? (Part 1, History of democracy in Iran)

Some analysts believe that there are no elements of democracy—such as liberalism, individualism, and pluralism—in Iran and that Iranian society could not accept democracy so far without those elements. While these factors are important in a democratic society,  it is important to know that Iranian society also does not accept oppression, the suppression of ideas, self-indulgence, and other aspects of dictatorship. In fact, Iranians have fought against despotism throughout their history. The history of democracy in Iran began in 1906 when the Iranian constitutionalists pushed the government to accept modernity and democracy. For the first time, the government formed a parliament and recognized the freedom of speech. At that point, civil society was shaped by the establishment of various new non-governmental organizations, such as the Iranian Journalists’ Union. After going through many conflicts, the 1979 Revolution happened with the resolution of having a democratic government instead of a Shah’s semi-monarchy.


The Esteemed Character of President Obama

With the race for the 2016 Presidential Election being one of character, with regards to favorability amongst society, we must ask ourselves what are the intrinsic values that we look for in our president? President Barack Obama is regarded as one of the most influential politicians of all times. Being able to lend his voice to the people, champion their cause, and bring them into the political arena is a decisive means of him sharing accountability, in addition to gaining the respect of the general public. From one of his earlier speech President Obama tells the crowd “starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America.” (Weebly, 2016) With the list of his accomplishments since his inauguration in 2008, reaching 358 we can attest that he has stayed the course with remaking America. Some of his top accomplishments include: The nuclear agreement


The Importance of the Youth Vote

Presidential elections are all about capturing the vote. Candidates work to target concerns of every identifiable group—the Hispanics, the Veterans, the Blacks, the Evangelicals, the Working Class, the Unions, and so on. However, one untapped, yet potentially powerful voting block is the body of college students, the 18- to 24-year-olds. Sadly, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, young adults have a historically low voter turnout with less than half of those eligible exercising their constitutional right. Researchers point to a variety of factors that contribute to this lack of involvement. Young adults’ lack of connectedness to a community plays a key role in undermining the value of voting. Dr. Quentin Kidd, the head of political science at Christopher Newport University, says, “The bottom line is that people generally agree that the extent to which young adults feel they have a stake in the establishment is less than the older voter.”


“Why Hollywood Loves Lawyers” – An Article by Thane Rosenbaum

Check out this article written by our very own Forum director, Thane Rosenbaum, entitled, “Why Hollywood Loves Lawyers”. Read on as Thane discusses American cinema and the reasons behind the portrayals of the justice system in Hollywood.   http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/why_the_movies_love_lawyers/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email&job_id=150730AJ#A


The Forum Remembers Great American Novelist E.L. Doctorow

The Forum is deeply saddened to hear of E.L. Doctorow’s passing just a few days ago. Considered a great novelist in American culture, Doctorow lived a long life full of prestige in the world of literature. His best-selling novels explored the American experience and reinvented historical fiction. Doctorow will be remembered as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century. He was 84. Named for Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born in New York City, attended the Bronx High School of Science, graduated with honors from Kenyon College, and did graduate work at Columbia University. In 1960, Doctorow published his first novel, Welcome to Hard Times. Following this, he released his second piece of work, Big as Life, in 1966. Doctorow’s reputation as a respected novelist came with his third novel, The Book of Daniel, published in 1971. In 1983, the novel was made into a movie, Daniel.  Doctorow has


Journalist Bob Simon Dies in Car Crash

The Forum is deeply saddened by the news that Bob Simon, one of the most accomplished journalists in American history, died yesterday in a car crash on the West Side Highway. Simon was a longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and covered virtually every major foreign story in the last three decades. His contribution to the journalist profession cannot be overstated. He was 73. Simon was a winner of 27 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards for his reporting on such stories as “The King of Sushi,” on the over-fishing of bluefin tuna; “Curveball,” the investigation of the Iraqi defector who provided the faulty testimony that eventually led America to war; “The Oil Sands” (2006), about extracting petroleum from Canada’s sand pits; “The Sea Gypsies” (2005), a report on the island-dwelling Moken peoples of Southeast Asia; and “Aftershock” (2005), about paramedics saving lives after an earthquake in Pakistan. Other winners broadcast on the Sunday