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Annual Meeting

20 August 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Featuring special guest Michael Lieberman, Washington Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League and Director of their Civil Rights Policy Planning Center along with James Pasch, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League for Ohio, Wesern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

Michael Lieberman

Michael Lieberman has been the Washington Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League since January, 1989 and is also Director of the League’s Civil Rights Policy Planning Center. Michael helps coordinate the ADL’s involvement in legislative initiatives before Congress and helps to develop and implement ADL policy positions on a wide range of domestic and international affairs.

Michael is ADL’s point person on Federal and state response to bullying and bias-motivated crimes. He chairs the coalition of religious, civil rights, law enforcement, education, and civic organizations in Washington promoting improved federal response to hate violence. Mr. Lieberman leads civil rights coalition efforts for ADL in Washington, and serves as Policy and Enforcement chair for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the most important civil rights coalition organization in Washington.

He received the Justice Department’s 2015 Meritorious Public Service Award for his leadership work in helping to enact and implement the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 and for building coalitions to combat hate violence.

Michael received his B.A. from the University of Michigan where he majored in Judaic Studies and International Relations. He received his law degree from Duke University where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal, and Editor-in-Chief of the Duke International and Comparative Law Institute. He participates in a number of academic and law enforcement training seminars on hate violence and has written on the issue for a number of criminal justice and civil rights publications.

James Pasch

James Pasch was appointed Regional Director of the ADL Cleveland office in May of 2019, and represents the ADL in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. James is responsible for overseeing the programs, community relations and advocacy initiatives across the region. James worked for the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and served as Senator Patrick Leahy’s Law Clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was his time on the hill that reaffirmed his interest in pursuing a law degree, fighting for civil rights, and running for public office.

James grew up in New York City and New Jersey. He graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont with a BA in political science. James went on to receive his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

James was elected to City Council in Beachwood, Ohio in 2013, and is currently council’s Vice President in his second term. Among his accomplishments in that role has been creation of the city’s anti-discrimination legislation. James also has prior ADL experience, having participated in the Glass Leadership Institute and as a board member in the Cleveland Region.

James worked as a partner and trial attorney, and most recently returned to his alma mater where he served as the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. At CWRU James led the department during a campaign where the law school raised over $58 million dollars, surpassing the school’s original goal of $32 million, leading to a rise in student scholarships, and new academic centers and clinics.

We will be honoring our outgoing board members, installing new board members, and recognizing the 2019 award recipients for their contributions to the Dayton Jewish Community.

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