ZOA Center for Law and Justice
The ZOA Center for Law and Justice (ZOA-CLJ) was established to meet the need for greater organizational involvement in legal matters that affect relations among the United States, Israel and the Jewish people.
- We work to educate the American public and Congress about legal issues in order to advance the interests of Israel and the Jewish people.
- We assist American victims of terrorism in vindicating their rights under the law, and seek to hold terrorists and sponsors of terrorism accountable for their actions.
- We fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses.
- We strive to enforce existing law and also to create new law in order to safeguard the rights of the Jewish people in the United States and Israel.
Staff and Board
Susan B. Tuchman, Esq.
Director since 2003. Ms. Tuchman graduated magna cum laude, with honors, from Brandeis University, and received her law degree from the Boston University School of Law, where she was accorded the academic distinction of Paul J. Liacos Scholar.
Following a clerkship with the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ms. Tuchman was a litigator at the Boston law firm of Fine & Ambrogne until the firm’s dissolution, and then practiced in the Boston office of the law firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, where she was the first woman partner in the firm’s litigation department. Ms. Tuchman had a general and varied commercial litigation practice at both firms, and also handled several civil rights and constitutional cases.
In addition to a Director managing its day-to-day affairs, the ZOA-CLJ has a distinguished Board of Advisors:
- Morris J. Amitay, Esq., a prominent Washington lobbyist and head of a major pro-Israel PAC who was formerly national executive director of AIPAC.
- Louis Rene Beres, a professor of international law at Purdue University who has lectured and published widely on international relations and international law.
- Kenneth J. Bialkin, Esq., a senior partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, past chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and past national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League.
- Stephen M. Flatow, Esq., a leader of legal and educational efforts to hold terrorists and their sponsors accountable for their actions.
- Malvina Halberstam, a professor of international law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and former counselor on international law for the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Advisor.
- Nathan Lewin, Esq., a renowned expert in criminal and constitutional law who has taught at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School, and is at the vanguard of litigation against terrorists and their supporters.
- Steven R. Perles, Esq., founder of his own firm and one of the country’s leading lawyers representing victims of terrorism.
- Clifford A. Rieders, Esq., who heads his own law firm in Pennsylvania and is a past president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
- David Schoen, Esq., a nationally-known criminal defense attorney.
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