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C of I hosts legal scholar, expert on Jewish law

A distinguished legal scholar who regularly comments on high-publicity cases for national media will speak at The College of Idaho on Oct. 3 as part of the College’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies.

Laurie L. Levenson, the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, will discuss Jewish law and ethics during her 7 p.m. lecture in the Langroise Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on C of I campus in Caldwell. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Levenson has appeared on CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC and NPR to share commentary on a wide range of high-publicity legal cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Rodney King beating trial, Menendez murder trials, Michael Jackson molestation case, Scott Peterson murder trial, Bernard Madoff investigation, Clinton impeachment, Roger Clemens perjury trial and Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Prior to joining Loyola Law School in 1989, Levenson served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and tried a variety of cases including violent crimes, narcotics offenses, white collar crimes, immigration and public corruption. 

In addition to her teaching, Levenson serves as director of the Loyola Center for Ethical Advocacy and Loyola’s Project for the Innocent. 

She was a co-founder of Loyola Law School‘s Chair in Jewish Law, and among her numerous books and articles, she is a contributing author to Judaism and Criminal Justice and Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices – Death Penalty. Levenson has served on the Board of Directors for Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Los Angeles Hillel Council, as well as a lecturer at the American Jewish University, Los Angeles Skirball Museum and national symposia on Jewish law and ethics.

A live webstream of Levenson’s lecture will be available at

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to The College of Idaho to speak about contemporary Jewish issues. The lecture series was established in conjunction with the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, and together the chair and lecture series promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West. For more information about the chair and lecture series, visit

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit