"This is the best learining experience I have ever engaged in and
I recommend it with no hesitation. Being in a community of scholars
who are interested in ethics...has been truly inspiring and has re-ignited
my enthusiasm for law school." (2012 Law Fellow)
FASPE for Law Students is an intensive two week fellowship program that examines the moral responsibilities and professional duties of legal practitioners, lawyers and judges in extreme as well as more routine situations. The Law Fellows study historical, philosophical, theological, and cultural texts related to Nazism and the Holocaust, building the context for the discussion of contemporary ethical issues.
During the program, Fellows participate in workshops led by legal scholars and hear guest lectures from leading law faculty. The following items outline the thematic framework of FASPE:
- Study of the individuals and institutions associated with legal and judicial structures and the roles they played during the Holocaust, and the formation of the Nazi legal system.
- Consideration of broader issues, such as the context of lawlessness vs. the rule of law; the use of law as a resource for destruction, or for challenging the established order; the Nuremberg trials and postwar justice — in both a historic and modern context.
- Examination of contemporary ethical issues facing the legal profession through the lens of relevant history.
The FASPE curriculum for Law Fellows was designed by faculty and students at Yale Law School. The 2010 program was led by Anthony Kronman, the Sterling Professor of Law and former Dean of Yale Law School, and Amos Friedland, of Quinn Emanuel. The 2011 program was led by Robert Burt, the Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Amos Friedland, and Eric Muller, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development University of North Carolina School of Law.
The goal of FASPE is to provide students, through the exploration of these issues and visits to Holocaust sites, with new insights that will help them tackle problems of moral reasoning in their future careers.
Our programs have been successful and inspiring. Responses from FASPE Law Fellows include:
“I don't yet know what my role as a professional is - I'm just a law student. But my understanding of that role is being built, and FASPE is certainly something that has shaped that understanding.” – Mark Friedman, New York University
“My conversations with the facilitators and other students were wonderful and intellectually stimulating…. It was a life-altering opportunity which I am grateful to have had.” – Allison Heaney, Duke University
“One of the best educational experiences I've ever had.” – Keerthika Subramanian, Yale University