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Alyza D. Lewin is President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. She is also a co-founder and partner in Lewin & Lewin, LLP where she has specialized in litigation, mediation and government relations.
Ms. Lewin has represented numerous high-profile clients including victims of religious discrimination. In 2014, Lewin orally argued Zivotofsky v. Kerry (the “Jerusalem Passport” case) before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case concerned the constitutionality of a law granting American citizens born in Jerusalem the right to have “Israel” listed as the place of birth on their U.S. passports. Ms. Lewin also successfully represented the Boim family in its landmark civil tort litigation in which an en banc US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit established the right of American victims of terror to obtain damages from American organizations that knowingly provide financial support for international terrorism.
Ms. Lewin is the Immediate Past President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“AAJLJ”). She served as AAJLJ President from 2012 – 2017. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council (“JCRC”) of Greater Washington and was on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Prior to establishing Lewin & Lewin in May 2002, Ms. Lewin worked at Wilmer Cutler and Pickering (now WilmerHale) and at Miller Cassidy Larroca and Lewin. Ms. Lewin began her law career in Israel, where she was a law clerk to Deputy President of the Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon. Ms. Lewin was trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association and the Center for Dispute Settlement. She is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University School of Law. Ms. Lewin is married and has four children.