Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is pleased to partner with Jeff Jarkow, President of the Law & Ethics Education Institute, to offer occasional legal education classes. 



The Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and Nazi Looted Art in California: Recovering the Gustav Klimt Paintings:  The Story of the Largest Single Return of Nazi-Stolen Art in Austria
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Board President E. Randol Schoenberg, Esq. discusses his work as the lawyer who represented Maria Altmann, a California resident who sued the Government of Austria in a dramatic effort to recover Nazi looted artwork.  Learn about the fascinating issues raised by Republic of Austria v. Altmann, 541 US 677 (2004) and the case’s impact on future art restitution litigation.  Come hear how a young, ambitious lawyer took on a case that would change his life and ultimately contribute to the construction of LAMOTH’s new building.

CA Bar approved MCLE course
MCLE Hours: 1.5

Human Rights Litigation in California: The Alien Tort Statute and the Nuremberg Principle

This course explores the connection among the Alien Tort Statute of the Continental Congress of 1789, the Nuremberg Trials and current human rights litigation in US Courts.  The course focuses specifically on the Nuremberg Trial against IG Farben and the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum case recently decided by the US Supreme Court.  In this presentation we watch archival film footage of the IG Farben Trial, and we listen to audio clips of Supreme Court and Appellate Court oral arguments which discuss the Nuremberg Principle.  This course introduces participants to the current state of human rights litigation and the significant and continuing impact that the Nuremberg Trials have on American jurisprudence.

CA Bar approved MCLE course
MCLE Ethics Hours: 1.5


The Legal Road to Auschwitz

Examine the role that lawmakers and lawyers played in crafting the laws that led to the legal creation of Auschwitz.  One of the unique aspects of the Holocaust is its dependence on a structured legal dehumanization of the Jews and other targeted populations.  Rather than acting against the law of the land, genocidal practices were codified in German law, demonstrating the ease with which the connection between law and justice was severed.  This course examines the legal framework and how support, compliance and indifference emerged among those in the legal field to shape the fate of the Jewish community during the Holocaust.  Extrapolating from this historical example, a hypothetical scenario set in a contemporary law firm will help us explore whether conditions exist in our society that could produce a discriminatory crisis.

CA Bar approved MCLE course
Course Title: The Legal Road to Lawlessness:  Bias and Unethical Behavior in the Legal Profession in California
Bias Hours: 1
Ethics Hours: .5
Total MCLE Hours: 1.5

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About Jeff Jarkow, Esq.

A graduate of Cornell Law School, Jeff practiced law in New York City at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP.  Jeff went on to develop a successful recruiting business specializing in partner and associate placement with national and international law firms.  Since 2000, Jeff has served as the CFO of Debra Zane Casting.  Simultaneously, he has pursued his life-long interest in Holocaust studies, with a particular focus on its legal dimensions.  Trained at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Israel, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, Jeff has facilitated hundreds of cultural diversity seminars for police groups. Jeff founded the Law & Ethics Education Institute, LLC in order to develop programs focusing on the unique and crucial role attorneys play in safeguarding society.