Opening Event to Feature Dahlia Lithwick — The Supreme Court: Why it Matters

The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) announces its 2016 Opening Event featuring award winning journalist Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate. The NCJW/Essex Opening Event will take place on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m., at Brooklake Country Club, 139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ.

Lithwick writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns for Slate, and functions as a legal correspondent, often providing summaries of and commentary on current U.S. Supreme Court cases. She has been featured in The New York TimesHarper’sThe New YorkerThe Washington Post, and Commentary and has appeared as a guest on National Public RadioCNNABCThe Colbert Report and as a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. Her work related to the Affordable Care Act won her a 2013 National Magazine Award and she has twice been recognized with Online Journalism Awards for her legal commentary. Additionally, she was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She is co-author of Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World (Workman Publishing, 2003), a legal humor book, and I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (Little, Brown & Co., 1992), a book about seven children from Paul Newman’s camp who have life-threatening illnesses.


Registration is required for the Opening Event which is open to the public and is free of charge to NCJW/Essex members and $20 for nonmembers. Boutique shopping, coffee and dessert are available from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; the program begins at 7:30 pm. Those nonmembers wishing to join NCJW/Essex can apply $20 toward a new yearly membership of $50. Attendees can register for the event by calling (973) 740-0588 or online at

“The stakes in the upcoming 2016 election regarding the Supreme Court are high and it’s likely that the next President will have at least two or three appointments in the first term,” says Shari Harrison, president NCJW/Essex. “A single Supreme Court vote can alter the political and moral discourse in our country for decades to come. I can think of no one better to explain this impact than the knowledgeable and engaging Dahlia Lithwick. We look forward to hearing about where the court goes from here and why it matters.”

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