The Activist Lawyer’s Training Seminar

June 26 – 30*, 2017

*Optional Shabbat Program

Join us for a one-of-a-kind learning experience:

  • Learn to Combat BDS and other Anti-Semitic Movements
  • Training Seminars on Terror Victim Litigation
  • Prepare to Defend Israeli Soldiers Against War Crimes Complaints
  • Lectures and Intensive Workshops by Renowned Attorneys and Israeli Officials
  • Field trips to IDF Bases, the Syrian Border and Military Courts
  • Network with Pro-Israeli Attorneys from Around the World

Use your legal skills to defend Israel!

The Training Seminar is an intense one week program filled with cutting-edge lectures and workshops taught by accomplished jurists and legal scholars such as Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Bach, Israeli peace negotiator and international law expert Daniel Reisner and others. The program includes field trips to Israeli agencies and institutions that are inaccessible to the general public (including military courts, Israeli security agencies, IDF bases, and border crossings).

Participants in the Program will discover the “power” and capacity they possess as lawyers to act on behalf of Israel. The Program will endow lawyers with the tools to be innovative legal strategists and to think outside the box on behalf of the Jewish community and Israel.

Earn up to 24 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits!

CA, CO, FL, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, WA, British Columbia, Victoria (Australia)*

In addition, this program may be eligible toward the Upper Canada Law Society CPD’s Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours.

*(Credits for other jurisdictions available upon request)

Discover majestic Jerusalem!

  • Enjoy authentic cuisine, sightseeing, and top-notch accommodations
  • Experience a country rich in history, architectural wonder and cultural abundance

Cost per person:

  • $1,750 – Rate per person sharing a double room
  • $710 – Single room supplement

SEMINAR PACKAGE – 4 Nights (Monday – Friday)

  • Dan Tel Aviv Hotel – June 26 – 28
  • Waldorf Jerusalem – June 28 – 30

*Shabbat Extension on full board at Waldorf Jerusalem – June 30 – July 1st 
-Includes traditional Friday Night Dinner, Shabbat Lunch and Old City Walking Tour

Checkout after Shabbat. 

  • $440 – Rate per person sharing a double room  
  • $195 – Single room supplement  

(Does not include airfare)


Monday, June 26 – Sunday, June 30*, 2017, Israel

Monday/June 26
Registration, Dan Hotel Tel Aviv
Opening Banquet
*Keynote Speaker,Michael Oren
Tuesday/June 27 Hotel BreakfastTel-Aviv
*Dabla – Advocate from IDF Elite Legal Unit:
International Law, Israel’s Code of Ethics & Combat
Coffee Break
*Yoram Ettinger, Former Ambassador to the US:
The Middle East Misperceptions: Diplomacy, Demography & the Law
*Dan Ashburn, Shurat HaDin Sr. Attorney
Terror, Social Media & Law
Lunch at the Hotel
*Neil Lazarus:
Advocacy & Social Media Training Workshop: How to Win an Argument and Influence People
*Daniel Reisner:
Using International Law to Fight BDS in Court and How to Counsel Clients on Responding to BDS
Wednesday/June 28Hotel BreakfastTel-Aviv/Jerusalem
*Rachel Weiser, Shurat Hadin Sr. Attorney
ATA & FSIA v. Terrorism 101, Sample Cases: Sokolow v. PA & Braun v. Iran
*Sam Solomon:
Understanding Juror Attitudes towards Israel, Palestinians and Terror
Coffee Break

Hypothetical Case Workshop
Lunch at the Hotel
Travel to IDF Military Court
*IDF Military Court, Lecture by President Judge Menachem Lieberman:
Due Process in the Israeli Military Courts
*Professor Alan M. Dershowitz: (via live video)
How International Law Encourages Terrorism
Thursday/June 29Hotel BreakfastJerusalem
*Adv. Nitsana Darshan Leitner
Practical, Hands-On Approaches to Representing Israel & World Jewry in Court
* Tour of the Israeli Supreme Court and Lecture by Supreme Court Justice & Vice President Elyakim Rubinstein:
The Israeli Judiciary & the Role of the Supreme Court
*Border Checkpoint
Tour Inside Rachel Crossing
* Border Police Rep: Security Dangers & Dilemmas at the Border, Search & Detainment Laws
*Dr. Irwin Cotler: (unconfirmed)
BDS — The New Anti-Jewishness, Human Rights and the Law
Friday/June 30Hotel BreakfastJerusalem
*Professors Eugene Kontorovich, Avi Bell, & Dr. Harel Arnon & Lt. Col. (Res) David Benjamin
Israel & the Law, Hot Topics Under Fire
Coffee Break
*Steven Frank, Attorney & Writer
Taking it Home, How to Practice What You’ve Learned
*Nitsana Darshan Leitner
Closing Ceremony
Optional Shabbat Program
Friday/ June 30
Sabbath Candle Lighting
Traditional Sabbath Dinner
Saturday/June 31 Walking Tour of the Old City
Sabbath Lunch at the Hotel

Biographies of Speakers


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Nitsana Darshan-Leitner – Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is the founder and director of Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center where she leads the struggle to fight Palestinian and Islamic terror organizations in the courtroom and to battle the deligitimization of the State of Israel. Ms. Darshan-Leitner currently represents hundreds of terror victims in lawsuits and legal actions against Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, North Korea and various banks. The cases, which are being litigated in the Israeli, American, Canadian and European courts, allow the victims of terrorism to fight back. In 2012, Ms. Darshan-Leitner was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel by Israeli Globes Financial Magazine. In 2014, she was listed by the Jerusalem Post as one of the top 50 most influential Jews in the world. She has been awarded the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism. Ms. Darshan-Leitner regularly appears in the media, including on Israeli talk show programs, Voice of Israel Radio, CNN, the BBC and European television, among others.


Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler (Keynote Speaker) – Irwin Cotler is a Member of the Canadian Parliament, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. He is Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights, and the Liberal Party’s Critic for Rights and Freedoms and International Justice. Professor Cotler is a constitutional and comparative law scholar who has actively litigated landmark cases in the areas of war crimes and minority rights, among others, and has received numerous awards for his pioneering work in peace law and human rights advocacy, including the Order of Canada. Professor Cotler has also testified as an expert witness on human rights before Parliamentary Committees in Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Israel and has lectured at major international academic and professional gatherings around the world.


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Alan Dershowitz (Keynote Speaker) – Professor Alan M. Dershowitz has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg. He has also published more than 1000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs. Professor Dershowitz is the author of 30 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience, including The Trials of Zion, Rights From Wrong; The Case For Israel; The Case For Peace; Blasphemy; Preemption; Finding Jefferson; and Shouting Fire. In 1983, the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith presented him with the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award for his “compassionate eloquent leadership and persistent advocacy in the struggle for civil and human rights.” Professor Dershowitz has been awarded the honorary doctor of laws degree by Yeshiva University, Brooklyn College, Syracuse University, Tel Aviv University, New York City College, Haifa University and several other institutions of learning.  He has also been the recipient of numerous academic awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights, a fellowship at The Center for The Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences and several Dean’s Awards for his books.


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Justice Yoram Danziger – Justice Yoram Danziger was appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court in 2007. In 1984, Justice Danziger founded the law firm Danziger, Klagsbald & Co. which he also managed until his appointment to the Israeli Supreme Court. From 1983 to 2007, Justice Danziger was also on the law faculty of Tel-Aviv University where he taught various courses in the field of Corporate Law. Since 2012, Justice Danziger has been teaching a course in Contracts at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Over the years, Justice Danziger has served on various Boards of Directors and committees, has been involved in formulating two draft laws and has authored numerous legal articles, mostly in the field of Corporate Law. Justice Danziger is the recipient of the prize of the Israeli Association of Parliamentarians Problems for his research titled “Strengthening Knesset Decisions.”




Daniel Reisner – From 1985 through 2004, Daniel Reisner held numerous positions in the Israeli government, including legal advisor in the International Law Department of the Israel Defense Forces where he was responsible for Israeli counter-terrorism and security related activities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and senior member of Israel’s peace delegations with both Jordan and the Palestinians where he worked in the triple role of negotiator, legal advisor and drafter. Currently, Mr. Reisner is a partner at one of Israel’s leading law firms, Herzog, Fox & Neeman where he heads three separate practice groups – International Law; Defense, Aerospace and Homeland Security; and Corporate Compliance and White Collar Crime. He is also one of the founders of a ground-breaking international project to establish a joint Israeli-Palestinian commercial arbitration center in East Jerusalem. In addition, over the last thirteen years, Mr. Reisner has lectured extensively as an adjunct professor at various Israeli academic institutions and at academic conferences both in Israel and abroad and currently serves as one of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s advisors.




Judge Menachem Lieberman – Menachem Lieberman has served in various legal positions in the Israeli Ministry of Justice and the Israeli Defense Forces since 1993. In 2005, he became a military judge in the Israel Defense Forces and has served as president of the Israeli Military Court in Judea since 2012. In his current position, Judge Lieberman runs a court with 40 staff members and over 4,000 cases per year. Judge Lieberman is an active judge, presiding over capital and non-capital cases, overseeing Administrative Detention Orders and reviewing requests for remands prior to trial or during interrogation. He received a Certificate of Excellence from the Israel Defense Forces in 2002.



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Eugene Kontorovich – Professor Eugene Kontorovich holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law. Following his graduation from law school, Professor Kontorovich clerked for the Honorable Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He has been a law professor since 2003 and has been teaching at the Northwestern University School of Law since 2006. Professor Kontorovich’s areas of specialization include international and constitutional law, including articles relating to Israel and the International Criminal Court. In 2012, Professor Kontorovich was awarded the Paul M. Bator Prize by the Federalist Society and, in 2013-2014, he was a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University. Professor Kontorovich has authored numerous academic articles and book chapters on various topics in constitutional and international law. He also writes for traditional media publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Politico Magazine and the Jerusalem Post. In addition to his academic appointment, Professor Kontorovich is a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum and serves as a consultant and advisor to government entities, private attorneys and non-profit organizations, including the United States Department of State and NGO Monitor.


Avi Bell

Avi Bell – Professor Avi Bell holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has a joint appointment at the Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law and the University of San Diego where he teaches courses in property, taxation and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Professor Bell’s areas of specialization also include international law, administrative law and the laws of war. In the past, he was a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut Law School and the Fordham University School of Law. Professor Bell is the author of a book titled “The Giving and Taking of Property.” He has also authored various book chapters and academic articles on property, international law, the laws of war and the Arab-Israeli conflict and contributes to news publications such as the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and the Washington Post. In addition to his academic appointments, Professor Bell is a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.


Dan Ashburn  Dan moved to Israel in 2010 from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated with degrees in law and religion from Emory University. Dan has more than 20 years of legal experience, having worked as a federal court staff attorney, an Assistant Attorney General of Georgia, and Counsel at an international law firm. He has handled matters in a wide range of areas, including complex corporate litigation, securities litigation, banking and financial regulation, hi-tech licensing and litigation, white-collar criminal matters, Racketeering and Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) cases, and special investigations.


Neil Lazarus  Neil Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of Middle East politics, public diplomacy and effective communication training. Neil made Aliyah in 1988 and has since served as a consultant for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israel Air Force, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Jewish Federations, Keshet Television, The World Bank, Harvard University Extension Courses in Israel, Yad Vashem, Hillel, Hadassah, Birthright Israel, the Jewish Agency, UNESCO, reality show  The Ambassador, and the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. He is the director of an Israel advocacy website, and the author of “The New 5 Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy”. He speaks to 30,000 people annually about Israel and is fast emerging as one of Israel’s leading informal educators.


Rachel Weiser  Rachel grew up in Pittsburgh and has been working as a litigator since graduating from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1998. After moving to Israel in 2010 with her husband and 5 children, Rachel joined the legal team of Shurat HaDin, where she works on the organization’s U.S. antiterror cases. Most recently Rachel was part of the trial team that won Shurat a $655 million dollar jury verdict against the PA and PLO on behalf of 33 American victims of terror during the second Intifada. Rachel also runs Shurat HaDin’s biannual law student internship program and annual lawyer’s seminar.


Dr. Harel Arnon  Dr. Harel Arnon was admmitted to the Israel Bar Association in 2001 after receiving his LL.B. and M.A. (Phil.) (magna cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University.  Dr. Arnon completed his doctoral studies at Harvard Law School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His book, A Theory of Direct Legislation, dealing with initiatives in the United States, was published in 2008.  His second book Land Law and International Law in Judea and Samaria (ed. with Dr. Chagai Vinitzky) was published in Israel in 2013. Dr. Arnon gained corporate experience as an associate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City and litigation experience as an associate attorney at Dr. A. Klagsbald & Co. in Israel. Dr. Arnon also gained extensive experience in litigating complex commercial disputes and administrative procedures in various Israeli tribunals for some of Israel’s largest corporations as well as the country’s most established business people.  Dr. Arnon teaches in several law schools and is a member of the Israel Bar Association and the New York Bar.


Lt. Col. (Res) David Benjamin  Lt. Col. (Res.) David Benjamin is an Israel-based attorney and international consultant specializing in International Law, the Law of Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism. He is the Director and Founder of SILS – Security & International Law Specialists, an international consulting service providing advice and training in matters of International Law relating to national security and counter-terrorism. He also lectures widely and is a frequent commentator in the Israeli and international media.

“Amazing and emotional” is a good description of the seminar.  Until that week I didn’t know so many lawyers shared my desire to participate in Shurat HaDin legal initiatives. I felt like I had discovered a group of close relatives.

Joel M.

I really loved the Seminar – it was very informative and well planned. Your staff was fantastic and took care of all our needs, and made a huge effort to make the experience more memorable.

Liora B.

Overall, it was a very successful conference for the following reasons:

1. You arranged top notch speakers to deliver to attendees scholarly and expert information concerning

the State of Israel and the role of the rule of law as it applies to acts of terrorism.

2. You convened 75 lawyers from various countries of the world to collectively discuss and debate these topics.

3. You used field excursions to illustrate the ‘life on the ground’ for both Israeli professionals and citizens.

Steven B

What affected me most from the seminars entire experience was the extent to which the actual facts have been distorted. I believe our top priority must be to take back by whatever means available (education, speaking publicly, internet, etc.) our true narrative. The truth is a great persuasive device.

Jeffrey S.

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