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Cardozo Society


The Cardozo Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys in the Greater Pittsburgh area that aims to celebrate the legal profession's commitment to the principles of the Federation. The society sponsors programs that integrate Jewish and legal concerns and provide educational, leadership, social and networking opportunities for attorneys.

Membership is open to any attorney who contributes a minimum of $1,800 to the Community Campaign. Events sponsored by the Cardozo Society are open to all members and their guests.

Recent events have included the 5 part CLE series with Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff entitled “Ethics Matters” as well as a town hall-style security briefing at Reed Smith Law Firm with our Director of Community Security Brad Orsini.

The Cardozo Society is named after the renowned Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938). Appointed to the Supreme Court in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover as a successor to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cardozo was one of the foremost spokesmen on sociological jurisprudence. His views on the relationship of law to social change made him one of the most influential of U.S. judges. With Justices Louis D. Brandeis and Harlan F. Stone, he voted to uphold much early New Deal legislation, often dissenting from the majority opinion. Cardozo's legacy includes an expansion of the legal duty owed in tort law, expressed in the landmark New York case of MacPherson v. Buick, a seminal case for products liability. He also worked to undergird contract law with principles of fairness, changing a presumption of purely competitive behavior to one of mutually cooperative behavior, and making contract law more reasonable and practical.




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For more information on the Cardozo Society, please contact Joe Enten at jenten@jfedpgh.org or 412.992.5212.

Dodi Walker Gross, Chair, Cardozo Society
After 14 months as a paralegal, Dodi worked for a steel company while attending Duquesne law school at night and another law firm as an associate attorney before returning to Reed Smith in 1984 where she remained for more than 30 years – 25 of them as a partner.

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