October 29, 2014

President Obama Announces Extension of Professor Richard H. Weisberg's Post as Member of the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

President Barack Obama has announced that Professor Richard Weisberg will continue in his role as member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. In this position, Professor Weisberg helps protect and preserve historic buildings, collections and monuments in Europe that are significant to the heritage and culture of U.S. citizens. The Commission was established after the Holocaust to protect cultural and communal sites significant to the Jewish population. It continues to look after many of those sites, a large number that are still endangered or affected by a resurgence of anti-Semitism

Professor Weisberg is the Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at Cardozo Law.  In 2009, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his work with the U.S. State Department and French government, to provide restitution from France to victims of the wartime Vichy regime. From 2001 to 2009, he was the representative of former plaintiffs in Vichy-related litigation on an oversight committee, consisting of U.S. State Department and French government officials, which had responsibility for the day-to-day restitution of stolen banking assets to victims or their heirs.

He is the author of five books, including the recently published In Praise of Intransigence: The Perils of Flexibility, in which Professor Weisberg argues that a willingness to embrace intransigence allows us to recognize the value of our beliefs. Professor Weisberg is the recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, was the founding director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Law at Cardozo, and was instrumental in the creation of Cardozo’s Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies.

In addition, he is the founding and current president of the Law & Humanities Institute, and the founding and general editor of the Law and Literature periodical.

Weisberg received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.