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  • Description
    The confidentiality afforded to those confiding in members of the clergy has far-reaching implications in defining the role and responsibility of priests, rabbis and clergy of all faiths. This CLE course, presented by Rabbi-lawyer Yona Reiss, will focus on the tensions between religious obligations and civil law statutes and the many ethical quandaries that may arise when clergy engage in conversations as spiritual counselors. Using source material and background information the course will explore the tension between the rights of individuals and societal good, rules governing clergy conduct as it applies to the free exercise and establishment clause, clergy penitent communications and steps to take to ensure that privilege is properly applied and does not infringe on religious liberties.
  • Instructor Bio

    Yona Reiss

    Rabbi Reiss is the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and Chaver Beth Din at the Beth Din of America. A Yadin Yadin musmach of RIETS and an attorney who was an associate for six years at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was previously the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, and before that he served as Director of the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Reiss is a member of the editorial board of Tradition, and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Law Journal.