Supreme Court Cases and Jewish Values

Date: Apr 10, 2018 - Apr 10, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Livestream Public Lectures & Events

The Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics

Speaker: Seth P. Waxman, former Solicitor General of the United States and leading Supreme Court advocate

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Three high-profile, momentous cases are currently before the US Supreme Court:

  • Trump v. Hawaii: Should the administration’s so-called “travel ban” denying entry to nationals of eight designated countries stand?
  • Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: Is the First Amendment violated by a state nondiscrimination law that requires a baker opposed to gay marriage to design a wedding cake for a gay couple?
  • McCoy v. Louisiana: May a criminal defense attorney admit a client’s guilt over the client’s objection if the attorney believes doing so would save the client’s life?

What are the constitutional and legal issues raised? And what Jewish values underlie the legal questions at play? 

Tickets: $10 general admission; free for all students with valid ID, and for JTS 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-and-a-half (1.5) credit hours 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. 

Stream it live at no charge at (registration not required for the livestream). 

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About the Speaker

Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 to 2001, Seth P. Waxman is considered by many to be the premier Supreme Court advocate of his generation. Earlier this year, he delivered his 80th oral argument in the Supreme Court. A graduate summa cum laude of Harvard College and of the Yale Law School, he is a partner at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr and a member of the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center. His clients range from financial institutions to consumer, industrial, and media companies; from death-row inmates to local, state, and national governments. Mr. Waxman devotes hundreds of hours each year to pro bono clients in cases involving religious liberty, discrimination, habeas corpus, individual rights, and criminal justice. He has long been involved in Jewish organizations.  

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.

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.