The Ethical Hurdles and Lessons of International Reparations: Reclaiming Assets Stolen by the Nazis

Production Date: January 25, 2012 Practice Areas: Ethics and Real Estate Estimated Length: 8341 minutes


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When the dust settled after World War II, compensation for war victims for assets or property seized by the Nazis was often ignored or evaded until it could be addressed at a more “suitable” time. And even more difficult for attorneys was figuring out the tenuous balance between advocating zealously for their clients as per attorney ethics and addressing the larger social picture. Join attorneys Paul Kerson and Joseph Yamaner as they draw upon their personal experiences in navigating the delicate balancing act of fighting for the rights of their World War II war victim client(s) but also taking into considerations the bigger social implications of trying to reclaim Jewish assets that Nazis seized during WWII. This CLE teaches attorneys how to proceed when a client approaches you about this type of war crime seizure case, and specifically, what are the ethical implications that you should consider before commencing an action.



I.    Why Should We Care About This?

II.   How Does The Case Proceed?

III.  Ethical Considerations in This Case

IV.  The Political Question Doctrine

V.   Distributing the Settlement

VI.  Q&A

Gail P.
New York, NY

Most interesting IME I have watched to date

mitch K.
Beverly Hills, CA

paul was fantastic

Richard H.
Los Angeles, CA


Mesia L.
Trenton, NJ

Good video

Joy M.
Morristown, NJ

excellent discussion

Betty B.
Virginia beach, va, VA

Fascinating story. Well told and very interesting.

Virginia P.
Bethesda, MD

the best CLE class yet !

Jay L.
New Milford, CT

excellent presentation

Catskill, NY

This is an outstanding program. Ethics by example; what could be more effective!

Robert G.
Huntington, NY

Wonderful, engaging and informative course!

Suzanne S.
Westfield, NJ

fascinating I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation.

Misha W.
New York, NY

Great course, intriguing topic, top faculty!

michael a.
Hartford, CT

Inspiring. Thank you.

Neda L.
New York, NY

very interesting

Kevin C.
Chicago, IL

Loved it!!!

P W.
Palatine, IL

Compelling story.

ralph d.
larendon hills, IL

Interesting presentation

Gavin G.
New York, NY

Great CLE.

Gail F.
Los Angeles, AL


Miriam S.
Orinda, CA

an excellent course

Steven B.
Worth, IL

This was one of the most interesting CLE discussions I have participated in. Great job!

Daniela F.
New York, NY

Interesting case study

Margot K.
Seattle, WA

While not the standard ethics seminar, the lessons here were more real life and practical than any other ethics course I've taken. Very good.

Shirley d.
Salem, OR

Fascinating subject and inspiring efforts of the speakers to take on such a case then define the ethical issues involved. Kudos!

Howard H S.
Carl Place, NY

was a true learning experience. This seminar was absolutely one of the best I have ever taken.

Marilyn F.
Leland, NC

An exceptional program.

Alysa S.
Larchmont, NY

The best CLE I ever took

Alfred L.
Chicago, IL


Nancy B.

Fascinating and interesting

Mitchell R.
Huntington, NY


Donna B.
New York, NY

Practical application of ethics conundrums in a fascinating pursuit of justice. Great and inspiring speakers and wonderful human beings!

Judith Brodsky E.
Huntington Station, NY

I think that Bar Associations from all over the States should invite their members to hear this lecture. It is a true reminder that we all should strive

Carla R.
Pelham Manor, NY

I especially liked the indictment of the insurance industry!

Michael S.
Chicago, IL

One of the most interesting and best ethics programs I've seen or participated in.

Gilbert S.
Clermont, FL


Bruce R.
deerfield, IL


Adam Z.
homewood, IL

excellent, engrossing story and really made you consider the issues

Gail T.
Wilmette, IL

Fascinating. Best Lawline class I have taken to date.

Geoffrey K.
Chappaqua, NY

Mr. Kherson and Mr. Yamaner made outstanding presentations. Very interesting and presented some unique legal and ethical issues.

Megan J.
Phoenix, AZ

This was fascinating. Truly enjoyed it.

Thomas S.
Chicago, IL


Ana K.
New York, NY

Excellent! One of the best programs at Lawline!

steven s.
chicago, IL


Lynne T.
Palos Park, IL

This was one of the most interesting legal presentations I have seen.

Scott N.
Glenview, IL

An outstanding lecture that made me proud to be a member of the Bar.

Thomas S.
Chicago, IL

This was the best class I have ever heard on Lawline.

Patrick O.
Brooklyn, NY

I must say I was more impressed than I expected. I didn't know much could be done on reparations at all.

Nella S.
Marshfield, MA

best seminar I have ever listened to

Andrew W.
Congers, NY

Interesting scenarios and also like the approach of what lawyers should be doing. The discussion of McKinsey and insurance companies is accurate.

Shantonu B.

Amazing story!

Larry S.
Arcadia, CA

Excellent course. Kudos to the presenters.

Warren L.
Eugene, OR

the series of narratives were a lesson in themselves, great program.

Casimir B.
Wilmette, IL

Outstanding! Should be mandatory viewing for every freshman law student as an example of what the legal professional should really represent.

Ornah L.
Long Beach, CA


Hilary Hatch S.
El Segundo, CA

Excellent presentation and stories.

Jack Z.
Marlboro Township, NJ


Everett V.
Denver, CO

Fascinating topic, interesting digressions and an unusual, but effective, structure. I liked it a lot.

Michelle B.
Sterling, LB

Incredible class.

Mary S.
Wilmette, IL

Unusual presentation - really demonstrates ethics in action!

Denise O.
Califon, NJ

Best CLE!

David B.
Vero Beach, FL


Jane J.
Grapevine, TX

This program was Inspiring an d thought provoking. The speakers challenged me to think about ethics decisions in a new way.

John R.
New York, NY

very moving and entertaining but also very sophisticated & thought provoking

Richard M.
Northport, NY

A superb lecture!

Emmett M.
Chicago, IL

Truly outstanding and engaging. The presenters are to be commended for reminding lawyers that ethical concerns can crop up in unusual and, at times, confounding ways. This CLE even reignited the fire in my belly about being a lawyer; before it was halfw

Sabrina E.
New York, NY

interesting case

Rachel S.
Norwalk, CT

Kudos to Kerson and Yamaner. This course was one of the very best CLE classes I've taken. These guys are inspiring, dedicated, deeply committed, ethical lawyers. So glad I took this class. I will recommend it to my dad who is a WWII vet and lawyer.

Mary M.
Sugar Land, TX

Amazing. Best ethics credit ever.

Requel G.
Chicago, IL

Excellent program. Very colorful speakers.

Robert A.
Houston, TX

Excellent in absolutely all respects.

Paul B.
Chicago, IL

Terrific program! Best I've listened to so far.

Rachel G.
Rogers City, MI

Beyond fascinating. A five star ethics program

Robert B.
Chicago, IL


Michael H.
Dallas, TX

Great speaker, very inspiring.

Paul D.
Chicago, IL


Robert D.
Fort Lee, NJ

One of the very best courses I have taken, based on the subject matter, as well as the dedication and enthusiasm of the attorneys/speakers.

David W.
Jenks, OK

Best seminar of all time.

David L.
Phoenix, AZ

wonderful seminar. tremendous speakers

ira k.
Chicago, IL

This was interesting and informative

JoyJean H.
Austin, TX

One of the best I've heard thus far on Lawline.

Katrina M.
Chicago, IL

Great presentation by great attorneys.

Linda D.
Skokie, IL

The best course on ethics - the presenters not only talk the talk but truly try to walk the walk. Very refreshing.

Robert F.
Dallas, TX

Quite different than I expected, but good nonetheless. More like the history of an interesting case and the ethical hurdles one faces in litigation of unusual cases.

Alexander S.
Frisco, TX

I spent two years working in this industry and found it very interesting.

Kevin B.
Arlington, TX

Lots of good information.

Howard B.
Highland park, IL

the best example of great lawyers doing a great job under impossible conditions....if you dont see this piece your not connecting with the heart of the "status" of being an atty.

Kenneth C.
New York, NY

Fascinating discussion of this interesting matter and history.

valerie m.
new york, NY


Bruce D.
new hartford, NY

Most interesting seminar on Lawline that I've seen; a great mix of legal strategy and ethical implications.

Deborah S.
Clifton Park, NY

The best course I have taken from Lawline!

Christine K.

fascinating facts, ethical discussion, real world situations

Lauren A. B.
Chicago, IL


Ariana H.
Dallas, TX

Extremely interesting

Reesa H.
Houston, TX

Very interesting discussion on ethics topics.

Phillip G.
Corpus Christi, TX


Roberta G.
Austin, TX

Great and Amazing!!

Dane R.
Hanover, PA

Remarkable stories of attorney diligence on behalf of client and in pursuit of justice.

Travis R.
Richardson, TX


Sean A.
Altamonte Springs, FL

Excellent Presentation.

Rafael L.
Dallas, TX

Very powerful both professionally and personally.

Andrew Z.
Calabasas, CA

this is what legal ethics is all about. Not learning and finessing a bunch of committee made rules. It is ultimately about the highest moral conduct.

Stephen A.
New York, NY

Fantastic. So interesting.

Raymond S.
Anaheim, CA

The best program I have taken in years.

Linda T.
Orlando, FL

Most interesting presentation ever.

Ilene F.
Los Angeles, CA

This was hands down the best CLE course I have ever taken. From start to finish, the lawyers were very engaging, and the story behind the case is fascinating.

Francis W.
Walton, NY


Teresa P.
Cocoa Beach, FL

In some ways, the highest rating I have given for prior lectures is flawed; this is by far the most interesting and provocative class I have attended in years. I remember why I aspired to become an attorney because of attorneys Kerson and Yamaner and am m

Robert Z.
Loma Linda, CA

It was a very interesting presentation. The attorneys had to figure out their pathway as they went. They were both persistent and creative.

Eugene R.
Carmel Valley, CA

Incredible. I don't know any other lawyers who would have taken this case and handled on the same basis. Meshugeh? Yes. But wonderful and deserving of the highest praise.

Bob S.
Walnut Creek, CA


Eric G.
Vero Beach, FL


Gainesville, FL


Beverly S.
Princeton, NJ

Fascinating and complicated topic.

Howard R.
Lake Oswego, OR

Very interesting.


Outstanding presentation

Christopher E.
Bronx, NY

found this to be extremely interesting

Susana F.
Miami, FL

Terrific on every level and very inspiring.

Edward P.
Palm Springs, CA


Paul S.
San Francisco, CA

Excellent subject, course and presentation. One of the best I've attended in over 40 years of practice. Thanks for an enjoyable learning experience and an insight into practical, ethical and substantive practice of law. These lawyers should be feted by la

David B.
McKinney, TX

This is the most interesting CLE I have ever experienced.

Aviva Z.
Silver Spring, MD

Great program! Thank you.

Charles H.
Dallas, TX

The two attorneys in this case are unbelievably righteous persons of extraordinary character and virtue. Their representation of their clients was remarkable. Thank you.

Victor G.

Excellent program. The Nacher case and the conduct of these attorneys are perfect examples of cases that must be taken on and some things you don't do for money.

Marc G.
Wellington, FL

As an attorney who has been in practice for 37 years, this has been one of the best seminars live or taped that I have ever taken. The speakers were interesting and clearly conveyed and explained ethic dilemmas faced during the representation of clients a

Caitlin O.
Berkeley, CA

Fantastic. Extremely interesting while also staying relevant to law and ethics. Both speakers executed an engaging presentation. I would 100% recommend this to any lawyer.

Eric N.
Katy, TX

Interesting jurisdictional issues

David L.
Hideaway, TX

Very interesting topic. Always cool to learn about something new.

Richard C.
Kerrville, TX

As several of the other reviewers have already stated, this program makes one proud to be an attorney. It is an excellent course showing an attorney's ethical responsibility to "make the system work", in a proactive manner.

William M.
Fort Worth, TX

The most interesting CLE course.

Alisa Y.
New York, NY

Very interesting and informative.

Joseph W.
Winfield, IL

every attorney should take this course kerson should be our philosopher king wonderful man

Janice W.
San Francisco, CA


Caterina C.
Fairfield, IA

second course on the subject very interesting

Zachary S.
East Montpelier, VT

very interesting

Naomi R.
New York, NY

Fascinating and complex case study which explores ethics issues in the context of a significant case.

Jeffrey J.
Northlake, IL


Virginia S.
Savannah, TX

Loved this

George W.
New York, NY

Paul Kerson is an absolutely charming man and a riveting speaker. This was so far my favorite course

Constance C.
Memphis, NY

Fascinating and inspiring.

William T.
Lisle, IL

An amazing story of what it means to represent a client on matters of international concern when confronted with obstacles and ethical difficulties.

Martha V.
New york, NY

Very interesting course!!

James S.
Chicago, IL

Very informative and well structured

Steve W.
Highland Park, IL

Very interesting subject matter and ethical lessons.

Julie C.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I really enjoyed this one. Thank you!

Kevin S.
Chicago, IL

Best CLE I have had yet.

Paul D.
Sayreville, NJ

By far the most compelling CLE ever, thanks to whoever had to approve credit for NJ for taking this course.

Daria A.
bronx, NY

Best CLE I have ever heard!

Frederick S.
Glendale Heights, IL

A most interesting presentation.

Annette E. P.
Elk Grove Village, IL

best lecture so far! KolChakavod to Paul and Joseph!

Jerilyn Lopez M.
North Hills, CA

Wow, what an amazing story of bringing justice to a client, and an entire population of wronged people, across continents and in spite of judicial blocks everywhree. Should be required viewing for all law students!!

Beth D.
Longwood, FL

This was one of the best presentations I have listened to on any subject. Compelling story and the lawyers clearly set forth what obligations ethically and morally we laywers have to clients and the system of justice.

Alicia A.
Saint Petersburg, FL


Adam B.
Chappaqua, NY

Great teacher. Fantastic class!

I Matthew M.
Farmington Hills, MI

Legal war stories can be boring. This one was not.

William B.
Miami, FL

very interesting material - high level of ethics

Frances S.
Boca Raton, FL

fascinating and inspirational

Bruno B.
New York, NY

Offbeat and interesting.

Yehudah F.
New York, NY

Excellent presentation

Loriann B.
Secaucus, NJ

good presentation

William B.
Manorville, NY

What a great story

Joshua W.
Cedarhurst, NY


Helen A.
New York, NY

Amazing program. I really enjoyed it.

Herald Price F.
New York, NY

Fascinating class

Jeffrey Alan G.
Burbank, CA

An amazing experience that links ethics to an interesting and compelling story about a group of lawyers' commitment to applying ethics in the real world.

Stephen K.


Fredrick W.
New Suffolk, NY

one of the best programs I have ever taken

Isaac E. D.
New York, NY

Very dynamic and challenging!

Albert K.


Ingrid S.
Mountain Lakes, NJ

It was one of the most interesting ones but just a bit confusing when all of a sudden they started talking about the penitentiary system.

Alexander W.
Manhattan, NY


Louis t. A.
Wilmette, IL

Clearly one of your best and most interesting courses.

Paul H.
Sarasota, FL

good litiagation stories about international case by US claimants

David N.
New York, NY

the most interesting cle that I have taken

Morgen B.
Chatham, NY

Very interesting and inspiring. More of a story and lessons learned than a straight CLE.

Robert E.
New York, NY

Very compelling stories. This is what lawyering is about. Knowing that an injustice had been done but not being sure that there would any satsifaction at the end the road, Kerson and his colleagues were resourceful, clever and tenacious and hurdled seriou

Michael B.
Farmington, NY

Outstanding course. Tremendous story, well told. Amazing lawyering in an uncharted area. Great lawyering!

J. Bruce G.
Woodlands, TX

my curiosity was satisfied

Donald M.
Princeton, NJ

A pleasant and informative way to spend a few hours :)

Barbara S.
Forest Hills, NY

Extremely passionate presentation, inspiring dedication to justice and the role of lawyers in society.

John F.
Orangeburg, NY

very interesting.

Michael W.
New York, NY

Incredible job by the speakers.

Howard B.
New York, NY

possibly the most fascinating cle I have ever attended.

Jacqueline C.
Ridgefield, CT

very interesting story

Estelle M.
Brooklyn, NY

Very interesting case to hear about--motivational about "doing the right thing"

Rebecca C.
Beaverton, OR

Really intriguing case

Bill G.
Hinsdale, IL

Its was a very interesting story

michael e.
west palm beach, FL

judge McKenna was a smart man....

Patricia S.
Arlington Heights, IL

This was an interesting course.

Monica J.
New York, NY

the case study was fascinating, I thought the presentation was somewhat disjointed. Overall, a good course.

Chris M.
Fresh Meadows, NY

amazing legal story

Julie S.
Atlanta, GA

Extremely interesting story that contributed to thinking about ethical considerations.

Stacy C.
Chicago, IL

These speakers were very interesting and I enjoyed this presentation.

Rebecca L.
Chicago, IL

Fantastic course. One of few courses that have an emotional impact on the viewer.

Daniel E.
Lake Zurich, IL

Fascinating program and case.

Michael B.
Secaucus, NJ


Aaron B.
mamaroneck, NY

great course. really interesting.

Michael G.
Hewlett, NY

Great course!!!

Reba C.
Cheltenham, PA

Impassioned and wonderful !!!

Meredith F.


Andrea L.
Hollis, NH

A very amazing and complicated case and the most interesting CLE course I have ever taken.

Passaic, NJ


Stephen C. E.
Oak Park, IL

Some brilliant lawyering and an outstanding presentation. A bit long but very insightful view of ethical considerations in cases similar to the one presented.

Lee B.
Boston, MA

Fascinating and thought-provoking. A rare presentation that tells vivid stories and highlights difficult controversies about the meaning of justice and the attorney's role in the justice system.

Allison C.
Plainfield, IL

I have new hero's. Thank you for inspiration. Thank you for saying "it is o.k. to take the right case without expecting a big or any payoff, do it for right!"

Thomas G.
Highland Park, IL

Excellent, excellent excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lauren S.
Riverhead, NY

This was one of the most interesting CLEs I have ever seen. These attorneys represent the best of what our profession is supposed to be about.

Walter S.
Atherton, CA

Their story was fascinating, and I enjoyed the weaving together of the ethical issues with procedural strategy.

Jamie R.
Baton Rouge, LA

This is without a doubt the best CLE I have ever seen. The presenters did an excellent job sharing the story of their case and connecting it to ethics. They reminded us all of the ethical challenges and considerations we face as attorneys. Their presen

Debra Y.
Pleasantville, NY

This was a fascinating presentation of an extremely important case by the attorneys who put their hearts and souls into it.

Barbara R.
Holmdel, NJ

Both presenters were passionate about the issues and held my interest throughout.

Flo Ann H.
Rochester, NY

The two presenters are poster children to disprove the bad reputation of attorners as being "greedy".

William K.
Lewiston, NY

Very gripping course taught by some of the most passionate speakers ever to lead a CLE.

Shirley P.
Rockville, MD

It's my first try. I am pleased with the program.

Peter W.
New York, NY

One of the best most interesting CLE presentations I have ever attended. Peter W. Willliams

Robin B.
Gibbsboro, IA

Please have more like this.

Kathy F.
Palos Heights, IL

Wonderful. Great models for all attorneys