Twenty-seven summer associates at thirteen Atlanta law firms grappled with topics of social significance this summer as part of The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Charles Wittenstein Summer Associate Research Program. They presented their findings at a closing reception held at the law firm of Alston & Bird.
“The pro bono research contributed by these firms and their summer associates is a tremendous help to The Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Office. They provide the leg-work to help us do our jobs better,” noted Shelley Rose, Associate Director, who coordinates the program.
The summer associates were assigned issues that have recently been on the radar screen of the ADL. The ADL is one of the premier civil rights organizations in the country. The law students were asked to research and write memos on issues such as the constitutionality of clergy teaching classes in public schools; accommodation of religious clothing by private business or government entities; and issues related to anti-bullying legislation.
John Marshall, Of Counsel, Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein, presented the keynote address at the closing reception where he talked about his early experiences with hate and learning to speak out against prejudice and bigotry. Summer associates then engaged in lively discussions about the issues they researched.
Five of Arnall Golden Gregory’s ten summer associates participated in the program: Julie Adkins, Adam Balthrop, Shannon McNulty, Emily Rutledge and Raj Shah.
Now in its eighth year, the program is named for Charles F. Wittenstein, who retired as ADL Southern Counsel and Southern Civil Rights Director after working for the ADL for 21 years. His career spanned over three decades of service to the Jewish community. Among Mr. Wittenstein’s numerous contributions of historical significance were his successful efforts to secure the posthumous pardon for Leo Frank, and his work to sustain the constitutionality of the Georgia anti-mask law. In tribute to their father, his children, David & Lee Wittenstein, Robert & Susan Wittenstein, and Gary & Ruth Musicante, established this program in their father’s name.
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