International Reparations: The Quest to Reclaim Assets Stolen by the Nazis

(733 Ratings)

Produced on: December 21, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 166 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This CLE program covers a story of hope, faith, courage, struggle, teamwork, law, politics, history, government and war.  The unforgettable tale recounts how attorneys Paul Kerson, Joseph Yamaner, and their colleagues were able to fulfill their client’s dying wish to recover assets stolen from his family’s corporate empire in 1935 by the Nazis.  

The epic journey began in a local state court, inspired 56 similar cases in the United States, and caused the U.S. Treasury Department to step in to settle all Holocaust claims in the entire world with a $5 billion fund assembled from dozens of major German banks and corporations.  

The narrative involves most of the subjects of a standard American law school curriculum – trusts and estates, criminal law, civil procedure, constitutional law, international law, torts, contracts, property, administrative law, evidence, corporations, and commercial law. 

Don't miss this truly riveting CLE program that you will never forget!

 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Grasp the issues in the lawsuit against Dresdner Bank in Queens Supreme Court
  2. Understand the issues and considerations of the lawsuit in Germany
  3. Know how the survey of properties in East Germany was handled
  4. Meet with Building Department Directors
  5. Comprehend Compensation
  6. Gain knowledge of the involvement of the U.S. Treasury Department
  7. Realize the conclusion of U.S. and German cases

 

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2014 Bridge the Gap Event.

Faculty

Joseph Yamaner

Yamaner

Joseph Yamaner

Before attending law school Joseph served as a reconnaissance commanding officer in the Israeli Defense Forces and the Border Guard serving during The Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars. He was cited a number of times for courage and leadership during battles with terrorists.

Joseph’s opinion as how to deal with clients is in his own words, "I learned to treat people with respect and each decision with careful consideration. At the same time, I learned how to take a deliberate action when necessary, and have a full control over my clients' interests.”

Although most cases are not life and death matters (while estate matters ironically are), every transaction is important from complex shopping center deals to home transactions to estate disputes and administration. 

In addition to speaking English and Hebrew, Joseph also is fluent in Turkish and (Ladino) Spanish. His world view enables him to appreciate different cultures and perspectives. His experience and tenacity in negotiations enables him to strongly pursue your best interests while maintaining active communication with you.

Paul E. Kerson, attorney-at-law, is ranked as one of New York’s “SuperLawyers” by his peers. With more than thirty years of experience as a judge, prosecutor, trial attorney and legal negotiator, Paul is one of the most experienced attorneys in metropolitan New York.

If you, your business, or someone you care about is called into court, you want the best representation possible. Paul E. Kerson and his fellow attorneys at Leavitt, Kerson and Duane will provide you with confidential counsel and aggressively represent your interests.

Paul specializes as a criminal defense attorney, a business attorneyand a trusts attorney. His long record of success on behalf of his clients includes:

• Winning multi-million dollar verdicts for injured plaintiffs

• Winning acquittal for wrongly-accused defendants

• Successful resolution of complex business disputes

• Settling disputed wills, trusts and estates

Editor of the Queens Bar Bulletin and former President of the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Queens County, Paul practices in the Supreme Court, the Surrogate’s Court, and other courts throughout the New York metropolitan area. He can represent you, your family and your business anywhere in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Orange Westchester and Putnam counties.

Paul is known in his profession as a “lawyer’s lawyer” – the attorney other attorneys turn to when they have a difficult case or problem. You can put his judgment and experience to work for you.

There is no charge for an initial consultation. For confidential legal assistance, contact Paul E. Kerson of the Law Offices of Leavitt, Kerson and Duane at 212-973-9339 or email at PaulKerson@LeavittKersonandDuane.com

Sigalle Barness, Esq. is the Vice President of Content at Lawline and oversees all content and production operations. Specifically, Sigalle researches industry and market trends, forges and cultivates relationships with professionals and recruits expert speakers.

Sigalle also analyzes market trends and applies insights to develop and execute written and video content including online educational programming, email marketing, social media campaigns, press releases, blog articles and large scale live events.

Sigalle graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in English. She received her J.D. in 2010 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Sigalle is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is also an active ACLEA member, former Co-Chair of the ACLEA Programming SIG from 2013 - 2015 and incoming Co-Chair for the Nationals SIG.

Before joining Lawline in March 2012, Sigalle litigated civil claims in areas such as landlord tenant, breach of contract and tax lien and mortgage foreclosures actions. She also handled transactional matters such as drafting residential and commercial leases, demand letters, client conflict waivers and various other agreements.

Sigalle is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, asking questions and all things food. She is also fluent in Hebrew and enjoys writing fiction, traveling and scuba diving. Click here to see Sigalle’s online resume.

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Karen S.

Amazing story! Should be made into a movie! These attorneys are something special!

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Jeanette L.

I love this story-made CLE entertaining!

LC
Lisa C.

This was truly fascinating!

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Jenifer F.

Best CLE! Very interesting!

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Zelma R.

fantastic program

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Bruce M.

Best CLE i have taken

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Larry S.

Excellent presentation. Thank you.

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Bert L.

Very interesting case...

JW
Jonathan W.

Great information.

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David S.

What a great story. Thanks for sharing it in this format. Loved listening on the app!

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Gurudev A.

Fun and engaging presentation.

JB
Julie A. B.

Compelling. Fascinating. Gripping. Riveting.

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Edward B.

great lecture and presentation

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Robert K.

these two represent the best of our profession

JG
John G.

Fascinating story of a quest for justice

LH
Lee H.

Fascinating story--talk about sticking with it to the end!!! And good inspiration for lawyers to take tough cases where justice can be done!!!

KL
Kirk L.

Terrific lecture in terms of the presentation as well as the content. Inspirational fight for justice.

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David N.

Easily the best lecture ever. Very inspiring!!!

WC
William C.

Heart-warming and enlightening!

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Alexander S.

I really enjoyed this course, and I worked in this field for some time. These attorneys were excellent.

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Edward K.

Outstanding presentation! Interesting interplay of so many areas of law! And reminds one powerfully of the good lawyers can and should do!!!!

CT
Christina T.

The best CLE I have ever taken! The presenters are amazing lawyers who did the right thing.

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Alexandra P.

I was engrossed with the story behind the CLE. Amazed and very impressed with the presenters!

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Ageliki K.

Best CLE course I have ever taken.

HG
Henry G.

Awesome one of a kind course!!!

WB
William B.

Fascinating story that is not only inspiring but practically weaves multiple areas of law practice from the local, state, federal courts to foreign courts and international politics. The best three hours of CLE I can remember..

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Shirley d.

Wonderful, fascinating, grueling case, but what an opportunity to be involved in trying to right a historical wrong! If you love history, this lecture will hold you spellbound.

RS
Randall S.

Outstanding story, great conclusioARY REMARKS

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Anne D.

Excellent!

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pamela s.

Thanks to these lawyers, in the name of humanity and justice, for the work they did. You fellows made me proud to be a lawyer.

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Dennis D.

probably THE most interesting CLE I have ever seen!

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Erica G.

One of the very best courses I've ever taken!

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Alisa Y.

The speakers and presentation were excellent. Extremely informative and very engaging.

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DONALD S.

great

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Alex K.

This was the best CLE I watched on lawline. Very good stuff.

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Thomas B.

Outstanding

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Ethel S.

Great story, great lawyers.

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Orrin F.

Fabulous.

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Gregory G.

Unbelievable.

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Helaine A.

This was the best CLE I have ever heard or attended in 32 years. It was a legal and history lesson. Something all should hear.

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Karen Y.

Wonderful - I had goosebumps from the start.

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Julius C.

Terrific. Informative andan example of how law should be practiced.

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Kelly T.

That was by far the most engaging CLE I've seen. It would be fantastic if Lawline offered more courses in which experienced lawyers told the stories of their most challenging/inspiring cases.

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John W.

The mother of all entertaining CLEs.

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Carla R.

Extremely interesting and timely topic.

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Linda S.

Great course - what a story!

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Rachel T.

Very Informative

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Susan W.

Excellant

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Kathryn G.

Mexcellent!

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Kenneth S.

Fascinating - inspirational - riveting story with a powerful message

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Courtney R.

Incredibly interesting topic. Very well done.

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Adrienne B.

One of the most interesting presentations I have ever seen!

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Lee H.

One of the best CLE's I've ever seen/attended.

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Julie L.

Excellent and riveting presentation. Probably the best CLE I have ever attended. What an inspiring story!

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Cynthia C.

Excellent.

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Kaveri S.

Outstanding. Reminded me of why I decided to become a lawyer in the first place.

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Laura N.

Very engaging!

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Daniel M.

Fascinating!

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Robert C.

Extraordinary experience listening to this course. Nothing like it.

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William T.

Here is an example of a noble profession and those who believe in it.... Truely motivating!

JR
Jennifer R.

Excellent! Such an interesting case and presented in a very compelling way.

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Dominique N.

The BEST CLE I've ever listened to. Amazing story and speakers.

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steven s.

Excellent melding of legal matters with a history lesson

LF
Laury F.

Fascinating case and very inspiring story.

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Chad S.

I was captivated from beginning to end. The nearly 3 hours of time went by so quickly. The best part was not just the legal information but also the motivational nature of the CLE. It makes the solo practitioner feel like they are not alone in the fight

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Cristina R.

Best CLE I have watched from LawLine

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Susanne Y.

`This was an absolutely fascinating discussion.

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Jane K.

Very interesting. Very human. Thank you. It was hard to hear on my iPad.

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Bryan L.

Great CLE, but it would've been better if it was 2 hours instead of 3.

RD
Robert D.

Very interesting topic. Nice to hear a positive story about lawyers, too.

JS
Joseph S.

Very interesting

SW
Saritte W.

Absolutely fantastic. The lawyers are so commendable for all the hard work and tenacity. They didn't give up!

SG
Stuart G.

An extremely informative and motivating lecture that has made it imperative that I try to do something for halocaust survivors who had property taken away from them by the Nazi's in Poland.

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Eddy F.

One of the best CLEs I've ever taken

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Christine K.

Fabulous, inspiring!

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Jeremy R.

One of the best CLE's I have done. It was great to hear about the law and legal process through the story of the participants, rather than just a lecture on the various laws/statutes/procedures.

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Matthew W.

This seminar was particularly interesting. not only was the topic intriguing, but it was presented in a way the held my attention.

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Michelle M.

Fascinating topic, excellent presentation and very inspirational speakers.

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Jennifer N.

Best program I've seen in a long time. Thank you!

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Thomas M.

Excellent!!

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Patricia P.

Excellent!

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Stefanie L.

What an amazing story and well told and education. I loved this CLE.

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Maria B.

Superbly taught, thank you for offering it!

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Lauren K.

very interesting!

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Howard K.

Fantastic!!

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Salar H.

Important course for any lawyer.

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Ornah L.

BEST LECTURE EVER!!!!!! THANK YOU!! I am inspired!!

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Thomas F.

WELL DONE

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Silvia C.

Very informative and interesting.

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Charles G.

Fascinating

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Jeffrey S.

very intersting ---i am jewish and my grandparents came from eastern europe --but before ww2.

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