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Community Lecture with Douglas Morris | Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Classroom 107
PITT Barco Law Building
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Free and open to the public.

Please join us for a community lecture with Douglas Morris, Attorney at The Federal Defenders of New York, where he will be speaking about "Discrimination, Degradation and Defiance" as a guide to the exhibit Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich

Douglas G. Morris graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in history and German, magna cum laude, with High Honors in history, and earned a J.D. from N.Y.U. Law School, after having served on the Law Review. He worked at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before joining Federal Defenders in 1989. In 1998, Mr. Morris received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for serving "as pro bono counsel to a human being under a sentence of death." Mr. Morris also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Rochester. During the academic year of 2001 to 2002, he was a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullmann Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He is author of Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany (University of Michigan Press 2005).

About the exhibit: At the beginning of 1933, more than half of Berlin's lawyers were Jewish. Only three months later, in March 1933, Hitler issued a decree which refused all Jewish judges, public prosecutors and lawyers entry to the courts. From 1933 until 1938, the National Socialists gradually chipped away at Jewish access to the law. "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich" is a densely informative exhibit jointly sponsored by the German Federal Bar and the American Bar Association, and presented by Classrooms Without Borders. It is devoted to the stories of those individuals who lost their livelihoods, and in many cases their lives, during those darkest of times, illustrating their stories with intimate portraits and photographs.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the American Bar Association and the German Federal Bar Association. In cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Cardozo Society and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. 

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