Law School Students - May 2015

Dates: May 25 - June 1, 2015

A delegation of 20 law school students, encompassing students from Cornell, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard and Yale, traveled to Israel with Project Interchange for a week of discussions with their Israeli counterparts and leading industry experts. This seminar, conducted during the last week of May, was sponsored by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Maimonides Fund.

While in Israel, the students met with some of Israel’s top attorneys and had in depth discussions about national security law, international law, law and technology and constitutional law. Sessions throughout the week provided these elite law students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Israel’s legal framework, institutions and political structures, while making meaningful connections. Speakers included Daniel Reisner, Head of Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security at Herzog, Fox and Neeman who discussed the reality of international law; George Deek, attorney and veteran of the Israeli Diplomatic Corps addressed how, as a Christian Israeli Arab, he decided to become a diplomat and represent Israel around the world; Barry Levenfeld, Senior Partner at Yigal Arnon & Co., spoke about the laws governing the “Start-Up Nation” phenomenon and how they are similar to US laws; and former Chief Justice Dorit Benisch, discussed her time on the Supreme Court.

The group was accompanied by Mark Yudof, former President of the University of California and PI alumnus. Mark played a critical advisory role in shaping the program content and met with the group in Israel.

The delegation left Israel with a more nuanced appreciation for Israel’s complexities, history and current successes and challenges. One participant remarked, “Israel moved from theoretical to tangible. I will think about the people I have met and the places I saw when I hear about Israel on the news.”

Photo Gallery: Law School Students - May 2015