The American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists (AAJLJ) is a national nonprofit association representing the American Jewish legal community. We bring our community together to defend Jewish interests and human rights in the United States and abroad.
As a voluntary bar association, we engage with legal issues that have an impact on the Jewish and broader world through the lens of Jewish values and tradition. The AAJLJ educates and advocates around critical issues such as: civil rights, human rights, access to justice, social justice, Israel and the Rule of Law, Holocaust issues, and Jewish Law. Through its members, the AAJLJ provides legal support to safeguard human rights. In addition, the AAJLJ works to combat those who attempt to use “lawfare” to stigmatize and delegitimize the State of Israel.
Pursuit of Justice Award
The AAJLJ presents an annual “Pursuit of Justice” award at a ceremony often held at the United States Supreme Court, to distinguished jurists and attorneys who exemplify the Biblical dictate, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” Past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan and Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak.View Past Award Recipients
National Conference of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
Each year, the AAJLJ organizes, in conjunction with Chabad, a National Conference of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, which provides attorneys from across the United States the opportunity to network while attending CLE-accredited programs on topics connected to Jewish Law, Israel, and the broader Jewish community.
Law School Dean and International Law Scholar Missions to Israel
The AAJLJ, in conjunction with Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), runs missions to Israel, specifically tailored for law school deans and international law scholars. The trips have provided the American deans and legal scholars with an increased awareness and understanding of the Israeli legal system and the security and policy challenges confronting the country. In addition, the trips have fostered relationships between legal academics in the United States and their counterparts in Israel. The trips include meetings with Israeli Supreme Court Justices, senior government officials, and leading legal minds in Israeli academia. The itinerary also includes visits to points of historical, cultural, strategic and religious interest throughout Israel.