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Milton R. Konvitz

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KONVITZ, MILTON RIDBAZ, law educator; b. Safad, Israel, Mar. 12, 1908; came to U.S., 1915, naturalized, 1926; s. Rabbi Joseph and Welia (Ridbaz-Willowski) K.; m. Mary Traub, June 18, 1942; 1 son, Josef. BS, NYU, 1928, AM, JD, NYU, 1930; PhD (Sage fellow in philosophy 1932-33), Cornell U., 1933; LittD, Rutgers U., 1954, Dropsie U., 1975; DCL, U. Liberia, 1962; LHD, Hebrew Union Coll-Jewish Inst. Religion, 1966, Yeshiva U., 1972; LLD, Syracuse U., 1971, Jewish Theol. Sem., 1972. Bar: N.J. 1932. Practice law, Jersey City and Newark , 1933-46; lectr. on law and pub. adminstrn. NYU, 1938-46; asst. gen. counsel NAACP Legal Def. and Edn. Fund, 1943-46; mem. faculty New Sch. for Social Rsch., 1944-46; prof. indsi. and labor rels. N.Y. State Sch. Indsl. and Labor Rels., Cornell U., 1946-73; prof. Law Sch. Cornell U., 1956-73, prof. emeritus, 1973-. Vis. prof., assoc. dir. Truman Ctr. for Peace Rsch., Hebrew U., 1970; dir. Liberian Codification of Laws project, 1952-80; gen. counsel Newark Housing Authority, 1938-43, N.J. State Housing Authority, 1943-45; Pub. rep. Nat. War Labor Bd. region 2, 1943-46; mem. enforcement commn. and hearing commn. Wage Stablzn. Bd., 1952-53; chmn. nat. com. study of Jewish Edn. in U.S. , 1958-59; faculty Salzburg ( Austria ) Seminar Am. Studies, 1952; panel Fed. Mediation and Conciliation Svc., N.Y Mediation Bd., Am. Arbitration Assn., N.Y. State Pub. Employment Rels. Author: On the Nature of Value: Philosophy of Samuel Alexander, 1946, The Alien and the Asiatric in American Law, 1946, Constitution and Civil Rights, 1946, Civil Rights in Immigration, 1953, Bill of Rights Reader, 1954, Fundamental Liberties of a Free People, 1957, A Century of Civil Rights, 1961, Expanding Liberties: Freedom's Gains in Postwar America, 1966, Religious Liberty and Conscience, 1968, Judaism and Human Rights, 1972, Judaism and the American Idea, 1978, Torah and Constitution, 1998, Nine American Jewish Thinkers, 2000, Fundamental Rights: History of a Constitutional Doctrine, 2001; founding editor: Industrial and Labor Relations Rev. (vols. 1-5), 1947.52, Liberian Code of Laws (5 vols.), 1958-60, Liberian Code of Laws Revised, 1973-, Liberian Law Reports (27 vols.); co-founder and chmn. editl. bd. Midstream Mag.; co-chmn. emeritus adv. editi. bd. Jour. Law and Religion; co-editor: Jewish Social Studies, 1975-93; co-founder: Judaism Mag.; mem. edit[. bd. Ency. Judaica. Chmn. Hebrew Culture Found., 1956-95; mem. commn. for reorgn. World Zionist Orgn. Decorated comdr. Order Star of Africa, grand band ( Liberia ); recipient NYU Washington Sq. Coll. Disting. Alumni award, 1964, Mordecai ben David Disting. award Yeshiva U. , 1965, Morris J. Kaplun internat. prize for scholarship Hebrew U. , 1969, Tercentenary medal Jewish Community of Essex County, N.J., 1954; Ford Found. Faculty fellow, 1952-53, Guggenheim fellow, 1953-54, Fund for the Republic fellow, 1955, Inst. Advanced Study fellow, 1959-60, Ctr. Advanced Study Behavioral Scis. fellow, 1964-65, NEH fellow, 1975-76. Fellow Am. Acad. Arts and Scis.; mem. AAUP (mem. coun. 1961-64), ACLU (mem. nat. com.), Am. Philos. Assn., Am. Acad. Jewish Rsch., Law and Soc. Assn., Indsl. Rels. Rsch. Assn., Workers Def. League (mem. adv. bd.), Am. Jewish League for Israel (mem. adv. bd.), Internet. Assn. Jewish Law, Internat. Assn. Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa. Home: 150 Norwood Ave Oakhurst NJ 07755-1604 Home Phone: 732-571-6007.