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[Atlanta] Civil Rights and Social Change: Jewish and Arab Perspectives

Thursday 22 May 2014, 07:30pm - 09:00pm

Join us for a fascinating discussion with NIF Law Fellows Reut Cohen and Muna Haddad. Their personal journeys, from student activists to civil rights lawyers, provide a unique glimpse into the struggles and victories of democracy in Israel. In a conversation moderated by the Hon. Stephanie Manis, Muna and Reut will discuss their experiences working for Jewish-Arab equality, current challenges in the field, and how they hope to use law to create social change.

Now in its 30th year, NIF’s Law Fellowship invests in young Israeli lawyers to study civil rights law in the US and practice in Israel. Its more than 50 alumni form the core of Israel's civil rights bar and have been at the forefront of nearly all major victories in the field. Reut and Muna represent some of Israel’s best and brightest, committed to strengthening Israeli democracy for all its inhabitants.

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[image - Reut Cohen]

Reut Cohen is a feminist, human rights activist and lawyer from Haifa. She has written extensively on legal issues related to gender, law and politics and served as the deputy editor of Law & Government, University of Haifa's Faculty of Law Review Journal. As a student at University of Haifa, she co-founded a Jewish-Arab group to challenge discriminatory student union policies and started a feminist blog Reuma to provide feminist perspectives on pop culture. She took a leadership role in the 2011 Israeli social justice protests in Haifa as well as in the local LGBTQ community's struggle for recognition and funding from the municipal government.

[image - Muna Haddad]

Muna Haddad is a Palestinian-Israeli lawyer from Nazareth. She studied law and psychology at the University of Haifa (2008). During that time she worked as a research assistant to the Dean of Research and worked at WAC-MA'AN, a workers' advice center. Muna interned at the civil department of the Northern DA's Office and then worked as an attorney at a private law office. She obtained an LL.M degree in Commercial Law from Tel Aviv University (2012) and volunteered at Aswat - Palestinian Gay Women. After realizing that human rights law is her true passion, Muna volunteered at a human rights NGO in Ghana.

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