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Using the Law to Hurt and Help Refugees

A lecture by Laurel Leff, Associate Professor of Journalism and Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies, College of Arts, Media and Design.

No profession or academic discipline reacted with more hostility to the prospect of Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe immigrating to the United States than did the American medical profession. American doctors lobbied to change laws and regulations to prevent non-citizens from taking medical licensing exams. Yet, one organization waged a counter campaign that helped physicians pass exams in the rapidly shrinking number of states that allowed them to take the tests, and procure exemptions in the growing number of states that did not. The group thus proved instrumental in the enabling physicians to become the only refulgees collectively to retain their status in the new country.

Presented by the Northeastern University School of Law

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:00pm

230 Dockser Hall 65 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA

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School of Law, CSSH, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

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