The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ) was founded in 1983 and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ). The IAJLJ was founded in 1969 by the late Justice Arthur J. Goldberg of the United States Supreme Court and the late Justice Haim Cohen of the Supreme Court of Israel. The AAJLJ represents the American Jewish legal community, defending Jewish interests and human rights in the United States and abroad.
The AAJLJ is a non-profit association that is open to all. Through its members, the AAJLJ provides legal support to safeguard human rights. In addition, the AAJLJ works to combat those who utilize lawfare to delegitimize Israel. AAJLJ efforts include filing amicus briefs in cases relating to the right of an American citizen born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as his/her place of birth on their U.S. passport, the unlawful nationalization of Jewish property in Arab countries, the immunity of foreign government officials from civil lawsuits, the recovery of damages under federal anti-terrorism laws from those who finance terrorism, and the constitutionality of the death penalty.
The AAJLJ sponsors regular programs featuring speakers and discussions on matters of interest to lawyers nationally and worldwide. It conducts special Jewish-content continuing legal education and other programs including events at annual ABA meetings. In addition, the AAJLJ seeks to promote an understanding of the principles of traditional Jewish Law among members of the bar, the judiciary, and the public. AAJLJ programs address the relevance and applicability of Jewish Law to current legal issues such as human rights, national security, free speech and religious liberty.
The AAJLJ promotes the study of law and ethics through law school courses, seminars and publications such as The Tribunal. It also assists the IAJLJ in utilizing its official international status as a United Nations Nongovernmental Organization to provide diplomatic and legal assistance to Jews and others around the world.