TU To Sponsor Jewish Law Lecture Series

The University of Tulsa College of Law has announced a special lecture series featuring five nationally renowned experts in Jewish law and tradition. In conjunction with the series, a collection of rare and important Jewish legal and scholarly texts will be on display through the 2006-2007 academic year at the law school’s Maybee Legal Information Center.

The Lillie Goldstein Judaica Collection is a traveling library of more than 300 titles in over 400 volumes in both Hebrew and English. The collection is on loan from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

“TU is offering this unique collection of books and lectures to raise public awareness of Jewish legal thought and learning within a scholarly framework,” said Robert Butkin, dean of the TU Law School. “In addition, for the first time in our law school’s history, a course in Jewish law will be offered this spring.”

Beth Mobley will be the first lecturer of the series and will speak specifically about the collection on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Sharp Memorial Chapel on the TU campus. A reception and ribbon cutting of the collection will follow in the Mabee Legal Information Center.

Mobley is the associate director of the Gould Law Library at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, N.Y., where she is responsible for collection development, special collections and library publications.

Other lecturers scheduled in the series include David R. Dow presenting “America’s Prophets: The Obligation of Supreme Court Justices to Say ‘No’” on Nov. 15, Mark E. Washofsky presenting “Jewish Law, Bioethics and Stem Cell Research” on Jan. 18, Samuel J. Levine presenting “Taking Ethical Obligations Seriously: A Look at American Codes of Professional Responsibility Through a Perspective of Jewish Law and Ethics” on Feb. 14 and Elliot N. Dorff presenting “Modern Understandings of Jewish Law”on March 5.

The Lillie Goldstein Judaica Collection may be used by the public. In addition, each of the five lectures in the Jewish Law series is free and open to the public.

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