Jews & Justice: Some Contemporary Thoughts with Justice David N. Wecht
As we remembered at our recent Passover Seder: ‘In every generation, they rise up against us to destroy us. And the Holy One, blessed be he, rescues us from their hands.’ History teaches that, just in case the Holy One tarries, it’s healthy as well to live under the rule of law. Our Constitution, and the system of ordered liberty that it enshrines, protects the rights of the minority from the periodic whims or oppressions of the majority. Our ancestors throughout the Diaspora often have lacked such protections. What does the present and future hold for the Jewish community, and what role can the law play in ensuring our opportunity to continue building on the achievements of the past? What threats loom, and how may they be confronted? There are no easy answers, and there is ample room for disagreement. But this is a conversation worth having.
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Justice David N. Wecht
In January 2016, David N. Wecht began a ten year term on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. From 2012 to 2016, he served as a Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Pennsylvania’s Fifth Judicial District from 2003 to 2012.
Justice Wecht is a 1984 Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale College, where he was a National Merit Scholar and earned Distinction in both history and political science. At The Yale Law School, Judge Wecht was selected as Notes Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and as an Editor of both the Yale Law & Policy Review and the Yale Journal of International Law. A frequent lecturer and author, Justice Wecht has taught for many years as an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of Law and as an Adjunct Instructor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.