An Opportunity To Connect

The Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco provides opportunities for Jewish and Non-Jewish lawyers in San Francisco to connect with one another, discuss shared goals and ideas related to law and legal practice, explore legal issues related to Judaism and the Jewish-American experience, and deepen their relationships with each other and the community.

Current Events

A discussion with University of Utah Law Professor Amos Guiora about his new book, “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust.”

Please join the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco, in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League and the Center for Justice & Accountability for this discussion. RSVP here.

Based on his book The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, Professor Amos Guiora discusses the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing first on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society. He shares the experiences of his parents and grandparents during the Holocaust and draws on a wide range of historical material and interviews.

Questions of bystander complicity are, unfortunately, highly relevant today, from cases of sexual assault on college campuses to Harvey Weinstein to the former USA Gymnastics doctor and much more in the U.S. and around the world. He concludes that a society cannot rely on morals and compassion alone in determining our obligation to help another in danger. It is ultimately a legal issue and we must make the obligation to intervene the law, and thus non-intervention a crime.

Professor Guiora is a significant contributor of “Bystander—Duty to Act” legislation in Utah and is engaging with legislators and Attorneys General across the country on the topic.

1 hour of CLE credit will be provided to attendees. Please arrive by 11:45am to sign in for CLE credit.

2018 Annual Gala at Sens Restaurant

The Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Gala will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, between 6 and 8:30 pm, at Sens Restaurant in 4 Embarcadero Center. The Gala will feature live music as well as free drinks and appetizers.

This year, we will be awarding our annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award to Sara Eisenberg of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. The award recognizes a Jewish individual in the legal field who exemplifies the values that Jews and attorneys both strive to embody: a commitment to justice, professional excellence, and creating positive change in the legal community and beyond.

Over the years, Sara has played key roles in many of the City Attorney’s Office’s most high profile matters, including defending San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” ordinances from Trump Administration defunding threats, securing marriage rights for same-sex couples, ensuring restaurant workers benefit from “Healthy San Francisco” restaurant fees, and fighting to keep the City College of San Francisco’s doors open.

The Gala is free to attend, but we ask that you RSVP so we can get a headcount.

Thank you for supporting the Jewish Bar Association thorough yet another terrific year of programs and events. We hope to see you on November 15!

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