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Jenner & Block Partner Debbie L. Berman was one of five conference chairs who led this year’s National Conference of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. The conference included interactive discussions between lawyers and legal industry leaders on current, new and emerging ethical issues from a Jewish and common law perspective. Sessions included “Talmud and the Travel Ban: The Laws and Ethics of Immigration and National Borders”; “Merchant of Venice: Bankruptcy and Finance in American and Talmudic Law”; “Constitutional Rights in Tension: The Balancing Act of Religious Liberty Laws and Equal Protection Rights”; “From Terror to Litigation: Developments in the Ongoing Legal war Against Terror and the Counter Lawsuit Against Jewish and Israeli Entities”; “Russia, Iran and North Korea: Trade Sanctions in Politics, Law and Jewish Ethics”; “Israel and the United Nations: The Ethics of War, Territories and Refugee Relief”; and “Making a Murderer: Evolution of False and Coerced Confessions.” Acclaimed author and lawyer Scott Turow, who was the keynote speaker, led a discussion on “Presumed Innocent: The Ethics of Professional Conduct.”
Jenner & Block also sponsored the conference, held on September 12, 2017, at The Standard Club in Chicago.
Ms. Berman is co-chair of both the firm’s Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Practice and the Media and First Amendment Practice. She is a member of many philanthropic Jewish organizations such as Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Community Centers of Chicago and the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.