Continuing Legal Education

The Alan Papernick Educational Institute Endowment Fund presents

A CLE Series taught by Foundation Scholar Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff

Thank you for seeing our ad in the Lawyers Journal! Below is more information about our Continuing Legal Education series.

Earn up to 12 CLE ethics credits! Each session is a stand-alone unit, you can take one class or all of them.

All Sessions are held on Zoom, Thursdays, 8:30-10:45 AM.


With Credit – $195 series/$35 each individual class
Without Credit – $165 series/$30 each individual class

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. The cost of taking a course is never a barrier to participation. If price is an issue, please contact Patti Dziekan at or 412-992-5221 so that we can make the cost of the course comfortable for you.

Underwritten by the Alan Papernick Educational Institute Endowment Fund.

This course is open to all. You need not be a legal professional to attend.



September 22, 2022:

Why Repentance Belongs in the Legal System

Can an understanding of repentance in Jewish law shed light on the punishments meted out in American law? According to one view, the answer is a definite “yes.” In this CLE, Rabbi Schiff will discuss repentance (teshuvah) in Jewish law and its broader implications for a secular society.

November 10, 2022:

Telling the Truth in Jewish Law

Does Jewish law really expect us to tell the whole truth under all circumstances? Are the standards the same when under oath and when not under oath? In this CLE, Rabbi Schiff will explore legal texts about truth-telling from within the Jewish tradition.

January 12, 2023:

What Does “An Eye for an Eye” Really Mean?

Misunderstandings related to the Torah’s “eye for an eye” penalty have probably led to more antisemitic pronouncements than any other legal provision in the Hebrew bible. In this CLE, Rabbi Schiff will elucidate what “an eye for an eye” really conveys within the Jewish legal mindset.

March 9, 2023:

Prohibited Marriage: Still Relevant or Thoroughly Outdated?

All legal systems have parameters that describe the types of marriages that will be deemed legally acceptable and those that are forbidden. In this CLE, Rabbi Schiff will describe the range of prohibited marriages, and why certain marriages are not countenanced within Judaism.

May 4, 2023:

Ransoming Captives: A Vexing Legal Dilemma

How far should we go to ransom a captive? Should we hand over jailed terrorists to redeem a captive? How many terrorists? Does it make a difference if the captive is in mortal danger? In this CLE, Rabbi Schiff will delve into the age-old, ever-fresh problem of ransoming captives in Jewish law.

June 29, 2023:

Plagiarism in the Internet Age

Should plagiarism be considered a form of theft? In the internet era, should electronic plagiarism be regarded as a less serious or a more serious infraction? In this CLE, Rabbi Schiff will survey the plague of plagiarism and what Jewish law has to say about it.

Upcoming Sessions

Mar 09

2022-2023 Continuing Legal Education Series

Thursday, March 9 @ 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM
May 04
Jun 29

2022-2023 Continuing Legal Education Series

Thursday, June 29 @ 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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Daniel O. Brandeis, J.D., LL.M.

Daniel O. Brandeis, J.D., LL.M.

Foundation Director


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