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Beth Din and the Agunah Problem Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

1.5 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    A detailed explanation of the background behind the contemporary agunah problem, as well as various proposed and implemented solutions.

  • Instructor Description

    Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

    Rabbi Weissmann is the Director of the Beth Din of America. He received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Halachic Issues in Real Life: Heter Iska and Halachic Wills Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

1.5 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    A discussion of heter iska (Jewish law mechanism to allow for interest-like payments) and estate planning in accordance with Jewish law.

  • Instructor Description

    Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

    Rabbi Weissmann is the Director of the Beth Din of America. He received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Beth Din Practice: How Are Cases Decided? Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

1.5 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    Discussion regarding choice of law, acceptance of testimony, and other issues relevant to substantive decision making at the Beth Din of America.

  • Instructor Description

    Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

    Rabbi Weissmann is the Director of the Beth Din of America. He received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Beth Din Practice: Procedural Issues Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

1.5 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    Overview of various procedural issues that arise in the context of the hazmana process and subsequent arbitration before a beth din, with a particular emphasis on the practices of the Beth Din of America.

  • Instructor Description

    Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

    Rabbi Weissmann is the Director of the Beth Din of America. He received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Procedural Issues that Arise in Beth Din Ilana Blass

1.5 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    A detailed explanation of a variety of procedural issues that arise during the hazmana process and throughout the arbitration process at beth din. Particular emphasis on the practices of the Beth Din of America.

  • Instructor Description

    Ilana Blass, Esq.

    Ilana Blass serves as Administrative Attorney at the Beth Din of America. She is the primary manager of the commercial and matrimonial din torah (arbitration) caseload of the Beth Din. She also plays a role in the Beth Din’s handling of contested get matters. Ms. Blass graduated the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003 where she was a member of the Cardozo Law Review. Following graduation, Ms. Blass was an associate at the law firms of Debevoise and Plimpton and Mandel, Katz & Brosnan.

The Case of the Overpriced Landscaper: How An Actual Case is Decided in Beth Din Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

1.5 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    An exploration of the beth din arbitration process through an analysis of an actual case decided at the Beth Din of America.

  • Instructor Description

    Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

    Rabbi Weissmann is the Director of the Beth Din of America. He received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Choice of Law Issues in Beth Din Rabbi Yona Reiss

1 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    Discussion regarding the interplay between Jewish law, secular law, and commercial norms and business practices with respect to the substantive decision making process in beth din.

  • Instructor Description

    Rabbi Yona Reiss

    Rabbi Yona Reiss is the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and Chaver Beth Din at the Beth Din of America. A Yadin Yadin musmach of RIETS and an attorney who was an associate for six years at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was previously the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, and before that he served as Director of the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Reiss is a member of the editorial board of Tradition, and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Law Journal.

Process and Pitfalls for Confirming Piskei Din as Arbitration Awards Dr. Michael Avi Helfand

1 New York CLE credits

  • Course Description

    Lecture about confirmation and enforcement of beth din arbitration awards in court.

  • Instructor Description

    Professor Michael Avi Helfand

    Professor Michael Avi Helfand is a member of the law faculty at Pepperdine School of Law. He also serves as the associate director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University, and is a member of the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. In addition, he serves as both an arbitrator and consultant for the Beth Din of America. Prior to joining the Pepperdine Law faculty, Professor Helfand was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Professor Helfand clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. His academic articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, New York University Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.