Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Stanford professor Louis Newman will engage in an informal dialogue around the interplay of Jewish ethics and civil justice in the United States. Their conversation will be followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to ask questions.
Jeff Rosen has served as the Deputy Attorney of the County of Santa Clara since 2011, supervising the largest prosecutor’s office north of Los Angeles. A leader in criminal justice reform, his accomplishments include establishing a Cold Case Unit to investigate unsolved murders; a misdemeanor diversion program for low-level offenders; a series of Family Justice Centers ensuring that domestic violence survivors have access to legal assitance and other resources; and a Conviction Integrity Unit employing ethical practices in criminal prosecution to reduce the chance of wrongful conviction, and evaluating past cases where a miscarriage of justice has been alleged. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office in 1995, Rosen worked for prominent law firms in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., where he practiced commercial litigation.
Louis Newman is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Academic Advising at Stanford University. One of the country’s leading scholars of Jewish ethics, he is the author of Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah, Past Imperatives: Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics, An Introduction to Jewish Ethics, and numerous other works that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives. He was the first president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, an organization he helped found. Prior to coming to Stanford, he taught religious studies at Carleton College for more than thirty years.
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