The Criminal Justice System: Honoring Tradition, Championing Reform

Date: Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 04, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Livestream Public Lectures & Events

The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics

Flaws in the criminal justice system threaten the social fabric of our country. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. will share new approaches to criminal justice reform, including initiatives to promote alternatives to incarceration, address implicit bias, and enhance relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He will also address contemporary public safety issues like human trafficking and cybercrime.

Moderator: Marc Gary, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, JTS, and Former General Counsel, Fidelity Investments and BellSouth Corporation.

April 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at JTS


$10 general admission; $5 for non-JTS students with valid ID; free for JTS students, faculty, and staff.

(The ticket fee will be waived for anyone with financial need. Please contact


CLE Credit

Attorneys, please note: This program has been approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) credit hour in Professional Practice for those attending in person. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. New Jersey attorneys will receive credit for this program through reciprocity. 

Live Streaming 

This program will be live streamed at no charge at (registration not required for the livestream). JTS invites synagogues and other communal organizations to hold a public screening of this outstanding program. To learn more, please contact

About the Speaker

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Manhattan District Attorney since 2010, has enhanced the DA’s office as a national leader in criminal justice by expanding its expertise on an array of 21st century crimes. His many achievements include the takedown of violent street gangs, dismantling domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations, and the first local terrorism convictions in New York State courts.

In recent months, DA Vance has taken a national leadership role in addressing the issue of race in the criminal justice system. Using funds obtained through sanctions cases against international financial institutions, he has also made significant investments in a series of transformative criminal justice initiatives in New York City and nationally, including a program aimed at reducing the number of individuals with behavioral health issues in the criminal justice system. 

About the Segal Memorial Lecture

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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General Information

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 
  • Photo ID is required for admission to JTS.  
  • JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us at in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you. 
  • ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at at least seven business days prior to the program and indicate “ASL Request” in the subject line so that we can arrange for an interpreter.