On February 21, 2012, I joined 14 colleagues from Hadassah’s National Center for Attorneys’ Councils as they were sworn in to the United States Supreme Court Bar. The Swearing-In was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet fellow Hadassah men and women who are as passionate about Israel, law, and civic activism as I am.
The Swearing-In Hadassah program commenced with a dinner and presentation by Supreme Court litigators Nathan and Alyza Lewin who are the past-president and current president of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. The following day at the Supreme Court, the admittees participated in the official swearing in ceremony before the entire court and heard the reading of court decisions and oral arguments in the two cases on the docket: Freeman v. Quicken Loans Inc. which considered whether a section of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act prohibits a real estate settlement services provider from charging an unearned fee only if the fee is divided between two or more parties and Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. which looked at whether the prevailing party can recover the costs incurred in translating written documents similar to the compensation allowed for interpreters under federal law. The 10th Marshal of the Supreme Court (and Hadassah Life Member) Pamela Talkin, Esq. spoke to the group over lunch in the East Conference Room of the court, and the Supreme Court
Research Librarian Sara Sonet took the group on a tour of the Court library, including the rare books room.
The group had the distinct privilege of a personal meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I will never forget this amazing opportunity to meet and speak with Justice Ginsburg. I have great respect for her as an amazing jurist, leader and role model. The event is a highlight of my professional and volunteer life.
The Hadassah Attorneys’ Council also engages in an amicus curiae brief program in which Hadassah partners with other US organizations as a friend of the court in briefs that focus on issues within Hadassah’s policy, such as women’s health and First Amendment freedoms.
Adam L. Abrahams, Esquire