Attorneys and Judges Council

Hadassah's Professional Networking Councils provide a unique opportunity to connect with others who share the same vocation, and take action on issues vital to women, the Jewish community, and Israel.

Hadassah’s National Attorneys and Judges Council invites members who are attorneys and judges to connect nationally and locally. National programs include the Amicus Brief Program, the Supreme Court Swearing In Program, Webinars, and a Book Club. Members are encouraged to become Hadassah Advocates by registering in the National Action Center to receive Advocacy Alerts. Upcoming national events include a Mission to Israel and a National Day of Advocacy in Washington, DC. Local Attorneys and Judges Councils enable lawyers and judges to meet, network, and discuss issues that relate to their careers and the Jewish community while promoting Hadassah's mission.

Amicus Brief Program

Our members with a legal background play a vital role in supporting Hadassah's advocacy efforts through the Hadassah Amicus Brief Program. A nationwide committee of Hadassah Member and Associate Attorneys review coalition amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs to help determine if Hadassah will join the briefs. Most of the briefs Hadassah signs on to involve our domestic policy priorities such as women’s health issues and First Amendment-related religious issues. Click here to read a compendium of Hadassah's policy statements.

In the last three years, Hadassah has joined over 30 briefs concentrated on the topics of contraceptive and abortion access, same-sex marriage rights, separation of church and state, and Title IX. Briefs were also signed regarding public funding of stem cell research, and the State Department's designation of Jerusalem on U.S. passports.
Learn how to join the program.

Supreme Court Swearing In

As a member of Hadassah's Attorneys Council, you can experience the rare opportunity for an extraordinary inside look at the United States Supreme Court in, Washington, DC, During this whirlwind 24-hour event, participants are sworn in with a Hadassah group to the Supreme Court bar, attend oral arguments before the Supreme Court Justices, meet with Supreme Court staff, receive a tour of the Supreme Court Library, and attend a private meeting with a Supreme Court Justice (schedules permitting). The event also features dinner with a notable speaker. Past speakers have included Supreme Court litigators Nathan and Alyza Lewin, Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, SCOTUSblog editor Amy Howe, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.com, and Attorney/Mediator Kenneth Feinberg.

After completing your membership, please return to hadassah.org/swearingin to complete your enrollment in the 2020 Supreme Court Swearing In Program.

The Attorneys Council works closely with Hadassah's advocacy initiatives, and organizes national and local programs especially for attorneys. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our programs.

A Supreme Experience

Sunday, February 23 - Monday, February 24, 2020

Join Hadassah's National Attorneys and Judges Council in Washington DC, and be sworn in before the United States Supreme Court.

Qualifications: The Supreme Court Swearing In is open to licensed attorneys who are Life Members or Associates of Hadassah. New Life Members and Associates are welcome!

If you are NOT a Hadassah Life Member or Associate, you will need to become one to continue ›

You do not need to be working full-time or engaged in the traditional practice of law to qualify; however, you must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of your state of admission for a period of at least three years, and have evidence of current good standing.

The Supreme Court limits our number of new admittees to 12 per day (plus 1 guest per new admittee). In order to secure your place, please register as soon as possible. The registration fee of $450 includes three meals, local transportation, speakers, and guides in Washington, DC. Fee does not include $200 payment to the Supreme Court, travel to DC or local lodging. Please note that all cancellations are subject to a service fee of $100 before October 26, 2019 and $200 before November 16, 2019. No refunds will be issued after November 16, 2019. The cancellation/refund policy also applies to all guests. You cannot register as a guest only, and only registered new participants (and not alums) are permitted to bring a single guest.

A limited number of past participants in Hadassah's United States Supreme Court Swearing In Program are also welcome to attend the 2020 program as an "alum," and the same $450.00 registration fee apples (and the same exclusions apply as well). Please note, however, that admission to the courtroom to hear oral arguments at the High Court will only be permitted through the "Admitted Attorneys" line, and will not be with the rest of the group. As an "alum" of our program, you will be with the group throughout the balance of the event. Our accommodations at the dinner venue and at the High Court allow for a maximum of five (5) past participants, so early registration for these slots is also encouraged. Only members of the United States Supreme Court Bar who were sworn in with Hadassah may avail themselves of this opportunity.

Please contact us at attorneysandjudgescouncil@hadassah.org if you have any additional questions.



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