Tree of Life Award Dinner
November 6, 2013 6:00 pm
Honoree: Raymond M. Brown and Wanda Akin Brown
Event Chair(s): George Norcross III
The Tree of Life Award is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life.
Raymond M. Brown is the President and Co-Founder of the International Justice Project (IJP), and a partner in the litigation department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, where he chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and International Human Rights Compliance Practice Groups. Mr. Brown has handled a wide variety of U.S. criminal and civil matters representing individuals and corporations. He has appeared in courts and conducted investigations throughout the U.S., Kenya, El Salvador, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Uganda and Sierra Leone. His IJP work concerning the Darfur Sudan reflects a larger concern with humanitarian law and the law of human rights which has included serving as chair of the International Refugee Rights Initiative in Kamala, Uganda and 12 years of service on the board of Human Rights First. Mr. Brown is the host of the Emmy Award-winning New Jersey Network program “Due Process” and has provided legal analysis and coverage for many broadcast venues.
Wanda Akin Brown is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of the International Justice Project (IJP) and has her own law practice in Newark, NJ, specializing in representing victims and accused in cases of gender-based violence. A professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Ms. Akin has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer focusing on criminal justice as well as civil matters in U.S. and international courts. She is a member of the List of Counsel eligible to represent victims and accused before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and currently represents the first Darfurian victims recognized by the ICC to participate in the case against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Ms. Akin is a periodic guest commentator and has made appearances on television broadcasts including Court TV, MSNBC, Inside the Law (PBS), UPN 9 News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and News 4 New York.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies partners with JNF to offer a unique approach to studying the environmental challenges of the Middle East from a trans-boundary perspective with a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and people from countries throughout the world. The world-class teaching and research center provides students with the rare opportunity to live and learn together for an extended period of time—allowing them to build networks and develop trust, understanding, and friendships that will enable future cooperative work and activism in the Middle East and beyond. Located near the Israeli/Jordanian border, the idea that nature knows no political borders is more than a belief. It is a fact, a curriculum, and a way of life. The Arava Institute has extended its reach beyond the Middle East, into Africa, providing studies on sustainable crop agriculture combined with introducing drip irrigation and new crops using techniques adapted specifically to the region’s climate and challenges.
The International Justice Project promotes human rights through law and provides support to victims around the world, particularly in Darfur and Greater Sudan. The IJP works across all sectors and disciplines to help victims, especially those of genocide and crimes against humanity, heal and rebuild their lives.
For more information, please contact Joel Leibowitz, Esq. at email@example.com or 973.593.0095 x820.
Contact the New Jersey Region:
Anna Richlin, Area Director, Israel Advocacy and Education
Anne Greenspoon, Associate Director of Israel Advocacy and Education