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On the evening of Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the AAJLJ will honor Stuart Kurlander, Baruch Weiss, and Alyza Lewin, at The Whittemore House in Washington, DC.

Stuart Kurlander is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Currently, Mr. Kurlander serves as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Israel Practice, which advises Israeli health care & life science companies on reimbursement and regulatory issues. The firm has a strong practice which advises on cross-border business ventures, financings, and capital raisings for companies doing business in Israel. Mr. Kurlander is also very active in global Jewish community affairs where he currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board Member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC or Joint). 

Baruch Weiss is a white collar partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Weiss worked at the Department of Homeland Security serving as Acting Deputy General Counsel overseeing all the department’s 1,400 attorneys, and as Associate General Counsel. He supervised the chief counsels of ICE, CBP, TSA, and USCIS. Mr. Weiss spent 18 years with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York as Senior Trial Counsel, Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, Acting Chief of Major Crimes, and Chief of General Crimes. As Senior Trial Counsel, he had extensive experience in a wide range of white-collar cases, as well as terrorism and international criminal matters.

Alyza D. Lewin is a co-founder and partner in Lewin & Lewin, LLP where she specializes in litigation, mediation and government relations. She is also the President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a non-profit organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education and advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses.  Ms. Lewin began her law career in Israel where she clerked on the Supreme Court for Deputy President Justice Menachem Elon. Ms. Lewin is the Immediate Past President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“AAJLJ). She served as AAJLJ President from 2012 – 2017. Ms. Lewin has also served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council (“JCRC”) of Greater Washington and the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

 

                          Stuart Kurlander   

                           Baruch Weiss

Alyza Lewin

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Recent mission to Israel

In late June several AAJLJ Board members traveled to Israel for meetings with legal experts, judges, past and present government officials , and policy think tanks, to learn more about current issues and controversies in the legal sphere; issues that have generated disagreements and dissension within the American Jewish community and between some American Jews and Israel.

Harold Halpern (pictured on top row, second from right), retired Sarasota attorney and long-time AAJLJ Board Member, wrote a series of articles for the Sarasota Herald Tribune chronicling the trip and several important issues that were raised during discussions.

Click here to access Harold Halpern’s articles