San Francisco, February 15, 2012 – Former Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Kenneth L. Marcus, announced the launch of independent Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. www.brandeiscenter.com Marcus, director of the new center, is founding the Washington-based organization to combat campus anti-Semitism through civil rights litigation, legal research, and public policy advocacy.
Diane Tobin, President of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR), commented: “We are pleased that the center will help to protect the legal rights of Jewish students, filling a critical need identified in our research.” New IJCR research shows that over 40 percent of Jewish American college students have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses. Marcus added: “It’s time to directly advocate for Jewish students and to make some changes in higher education.”
Marcus is widely credited for his role in ensuring that the federal government would combat campus anti-Semitism through civil rights laws such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Louis D. Brandeis Center will work to ensure that colleges and universities are accountable for compliance with these laws. The Louis D. Brandeis Center is backed by blue-ribbon advisory boards featuring prominent scholars and attorneys, including former Canadian Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler, Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, and IJCR Research Director Aryeh Weinberg.
The Institute for Jewish & Community Research is an independent, non-partisan think tank that provides innovative research and pragmatic policy analyses on a broad range of issues including racial and religious identity, philanthropy, and anti-Semitism. www.jewishresearch.org Marcus formerly served as the Director of IJCR’s Anti-Semitism Initiative.