May 13, 2011
Five YLS Students Receive FASPE Fellowships; Will Examine Contemporary Legal Ethics Through Lens of the Holocaust
Five Yale Law School students will spend two weeks this spring studying the role the legal profession played in Nazi Germany and using that historic focus to consider ethical challenges they may face in their future careers.
Robert Gray ’12, Krista Nelson ’13, Farah Peterson ’12, Brian Soucek ’11, and Can Sun ’13 leave May 25 for New York, Berlin, and Poland. They are among 50 law, medical, journalism, and seminary students who’ve been invited to participate in the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), a program launched in 2010 by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. The fellowships instruct students on the contemporary ethical issues facing their particular professions—using the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for study. The law fellows will look specifically at the moral responsibilities and professional duties of legal practitioners, lawyers, and judges in extreme as well as routine situations.
The intensive 12-day course will include stops at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and memorial museum in Poland. Along the way, fellows will have the opportunity to meet with Holocaust survivors, museum educators, FASPE staff, and guest scholars.
The FASPE curriculum for law fellows was designed by faculty and students at Yale Law School. The 2011 program will be led by Yale Law School Professor Robert Burt ’64.