“I can't emphasize how much FASPE resonated with me. It connected an earlier academic interest to my legal career and warned me of the potential problems of not following legal ethics in a very real way.”
-FASPE Law Fellow, 2011
The FASPE law program examines the roles played by legal practitioners -- lawyers and judges -- during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing the legal profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having learned the power of their profession, the Law Fellows are better positioned (and more willing) to address various contemporary ethical issues facing the legal profession and individual lawyers. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical, and literary sources; survivor testimony; and on-site workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz, and Nuremberg.
FASPE Law Fellows examine such topics as:
- The challenge of ambition in professional development
- How to manage duties of candor and confidentiality
- Ethics and government lawyering.
- The Nuremberg Trials and post-war justice, in historic and modern contexts.
- Ethics in the day-to-day practice of law.