Opening of New Center “The Louis D. Brandies Center for Human Rights under Law”

March 8, 2012 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to share information about the opening of The LDB Center in Washington, DC.

CLICK HERE for their first newsletter and further details.

Below is Kenneth L. Marcus’ biographical sketch, he is president and general counsel of The LDB Center.

Kenneth L. Marcus is President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, senior research scholar at the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, and author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2010). Marcus founded LDB to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on American college campuses. During his public service career, Marcus served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Shortly before his departure from the Civil Rights Commission, the Wall Street Journal observed that “the Commission has rarely been better managed,” and that it “deserves a medal for good governance.” As head of the Office for Civil Rights, Marcus spearheaded nationwide enforcement initiatives addressing misplacement of minority students in special education, gender equity compliance procedures, and access for students with disabilities. During this period, he also authored landmark federal guidance establishing that Jewish students would receive the same civil rights protections as other minority groups when they face discrimination in federally funded educational programs or activities. For his work in government, Marcus was named the first recipient of the Justice and Ethics Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Civil Rights. Marcus also serves as Chair of the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Legal Task Force, Associate Editor of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, and Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism. Marcus previously held the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College School of Public Affairs (2008-2011). Before entering public service, Mr. Marcus was a litigation partner in two major law firms, where he conducted complex commercial and constitutional litigation. He publishes frequently in academic journals as well as in more popular venues such Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Marcus is a graduate of Williams College, magna cum laude, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

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