Nathan Lewin

Judge Reinstates Bearded Chasid In NYC Police Academy

11/19/2013
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A Chasidic Jew who was fired from the New York City police academy because he refused to trim his beard was ordered reinstated by a Manhattan federal judge who held that “de facto exemptions . . . abound” to the department’s beard rule.

Chasidic Cadet Challenges NYPD's Beard Law

07/05/2013
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The New York Police Department bars officers from sporting beards except to accommodate medical or religious requests – and even then the beard can be no longer than one millimeter in length.

Fishel Litzman is willing to trim his beard for an emergency, but not for training.

When Work And Religion Collide

06/12/2012
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Two religious accommodation cases last week that involved Orthodox Jews — a prospective Sabbath-observant employee of a New York-based consulting firm, and a chasidic Jew whose beard threatens to keep him out of the New York Police Department — are part of an ongoing tug of war between employers and religious workers, says the veteran lawyer who has advocated on behalf of Shabbat-observant Jews for more than four decades.

NYPD recruit Fishel Litzman, left, and attorney Nathan Lewin.

Rabbi Sues Army Over Beard Ban

12/09/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A rabbi is suing the U.S. Army, saying it refused his services as a chaplain because he would not shave his beard.

Rabbi Menachem Stern filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday, his law firm, Lewin and Lewin, said in a news release.

Stern says the Army rejected his application to serve as a chaplain only because he would not shave his beard as a matter of conscience.

In Deposition, Porn Claims Made, AIPAC Officials Acknowledge No Policy on Classified Info

11/17/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- AIPAC officials acknowledged in depositions that the organization only recently adopted a stated policy forbidding the receipt of classified information. The depositions also produced claims regarding the viewing of pornographic materials on office computers.

The depositions are part of a brief filed earlier this month in the District of Columbia Superior Court by lawyers for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee seeking the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit by Steve Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign policy chief.

Rubashkin Lawyers Accuse Judge of Conflict of Interest

08/06/2010

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Lawyers for former Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin accused the federal judge who presided over his case of a conflict of interest, filing emergency court papers demanding a retrial and her recusal.

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