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Professor Lisa Lerman to Teach Summer Course on Role of Lawyers in the Holocaust

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Catholic University law school professor Lisa Lerman will spend two weeks during the summer of 2013 with a group of fifteen law students from around the nation visiting sites of key events in the Holocaust, examining the role of law and lawyers in this chapter of 20th century history, and exploring the lessons of that period for contemporary questions of professional ethics.

Lerman has been invited to join the faculty of an unusual summer program, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).

The program is sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and offers all-expenses paid Fellowships to selected journalism, law, medical, and seminary students.
Fellows receive two weeks of travel and study in Berlin and Nuremberg in Germany, as well as Oswiecim and Cracow in Poland.

Professor Lerman said, “It is a real honor for me to have the opportunity to participate in this program. I have a longstanding interest in the Holocaust, and in this wonderful program, I can bring the vivid lessons of that period to the teaching of legal ethics.”
The Law Fellows study historical, philosophical, theological and cultural texts related to Nazism and the Holocaust, including such topics as  The Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness; The Role and Limits of Bioethics; The Goals of Morality in the Face of Evil; The Responsibility to Report; and Ethical Limitations on Profit-Seeking.
The FASPE Web site explains, “By educating students about the causes of the Holocaust and promoting their awareness of related contemporary issues, FASPE seeks to prevent future collaboration by professional and religious leaders in genocide, racism, anti-semitism, and xenophobia.”