Is an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg comprised of attorneys and judges in the Greater Harrisburg Area. The Society serves as a unique vehicle to promote continuing legal education and to facilitate involvement in professional activities, which benefit the local and global Jewish communities.
Membership in the Cardozo Society is open to all legal professionals and law students in Central Pennsylvania. The Cardozo Society consists of members who contribute a minimum gift of $1,000 to the Annual Campaign. Associate membership is open to those who contribute a minimum of $500 to the Annual Campaign and are under the age of 35.
For more information about the Cardozo Society or its events, please contact Bradley Seltzer, Development Coordinator.
History of Cardozo Society
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 Homes, Cardozo was one of the foremost spokesman 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.