The People v. Abraham: A Trial and Panel Discussion

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map]
Cleveland-Marshall will host "The People versus Abraham," a dramatic mock trial and panel discussion, presented by Kol HaLev, Cleveland's Reconstructionist Jewish Community. Distinguished members of Cleveland's legal community will argue and preside over the trial of the biblical Abraham, and the audience will act as jury. Following the trial, a panel of prominent local religious leaders will discuss the moral and ethical implications of the case.

More than 4,000 years ago, the father of Isaac and Ishmael took a series of actions that still reverberate through modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Was the Patriarch following God’s instructions, or intentionally causing his sons to suffer? Join us for this live courtroom battle, and YOU will decide!

Presiding Judge:  The Honorable Dan Aaron Poster, U.S. District Court

Defense Attorney:  Avery Friedman, civil rights attorney, Chief  Counsel of the Fair Housing Council, and CNN legal correspondent

Prosecuting Attorney:  Geoffrey S. Mearns, President, Northern Kentucky University, former Provost, Cleveland State University and Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of law.

While the jury votes are tallied, a distinguished panel will bring a religious perspective
to the difficult moral and ethical issues highlighted in the trial:

  • Rabbi Steve Segar, Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish Community
  • The Rev. Leah C.K. Lewis, Eastview United Church of Christ
  • Imam Ramez Islambouli, Professor of Islamic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
  • Panel Moderator: Dan Moulthrop, CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Tickets for the event are $30-$125 and can be purchased at CLE credits are available at the $60, $75 and $125 ticket levels.

Materials for the CLE:

People v. Abraham (CLE materials #1)

People v. Abraham (CLE materials #2)

People v. Abraham (CLE materials #3)

People v. Abraham (CLE materials #4)

People v. Abraham (CLE materials #5)

People v. Abraham (CLE materials #6)

CLE credit: Available with CLE ticket

Category: CLE Programs