Washington, D.C., January 9, 2016: The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) proudly announces the appointment of Aviva J. Vogelstein to Director of Legal Initiatives. Ms. Vogelstein joined the Brandeis Center in 2014, first working as a Civil Rights Legal Fellow and then as Staff Attorney. LDB is a national civil rights organization committed to combatting anti-Semitism in higher education through legal advocacy.
Ms. Vogelstein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, magna cum laude, with a BA in American History, and from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013. She is passionate about fighting against the resurgence of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism masked as anti-Israel sentiment, and advancing the Center’s commitment to justice for Jewish people. Since joining the Brandeis Center, Ms. Vogelstein has advocated on behalf of Jewish students and professors on dozens of campuses nationwide, has worked to expand the Brandeis Center’s law student chapter initiative to an impressive 18 chapters, and has helped curb anti-Semitism through educative and public policy approaches.
Ms. Vogelstein’s appointment marks the ongoing expansion of the Center’s legal advocacy initiatives. In April, the Brandeis Center filed a federal lawsuit against the American Studies Association for its boycott of Israeli universities. The Center warned the Modern Language Association of similar litigation if it passed a proposed BDS resolution this past weekend. In part due to LDB’s advocacy, the resolution - which was previously thought to pass - failed by a wide margin. At the same time, the Brandeis Center has increased its number of law school chapters, which have been effective in battling campus anti-Semitism and educating their communities about the legal tools necessary to combat anti-Israelism.
“Aviva has made incredible contributions to our expanding legal efforts,” says Brandeis Center President & General Counsel Kenneth L. Marcus. “We are honored to have her working with us. Aviva’s excitement, dedication, and skills will continue to propel the Center forward in its mission to promote the civil rights of Jewish students.”