Loeb & Loeb is a proud sponsor of the Skirball Cultural Center’s Howard I. Friedman Memorial Lecture program and the Howard I. Friedman Memorial Graduate Essay Prize (The Friedman Prize).
The lecture and prize were established in memory of the Founding Chairman of the Skirball Board of Trustees, Howard I. Friedman, who spent his entire legal career at Loeb & Loeb, where he served in a variety of leadership roles during his 50-year tenure with the firm. Skirball’s annual competition invites graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to propose a lecture on themes inspired by Howard’s and the Skirball’s shared devotion to Jewish values and American democratic ideals. The lecture series will span a decade, with the inaugural lecture planned for Jewish American Heritage Month in May 2022.
In conjunction with the lecture series, Max Modiano Daniel, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UCLA, was awarded The Friedman Prize for his essay, "Jews, Immigration, and the Limits of Empathy." Daniel’s essay will be published in the Skirball’s annual Oasis magazine, and he has been invited to participate in a public conversation as part of the Friedman Memorial Lecture program.
A lawyer and Jewish community leader of national prominence, Howard (1928–2021) was devoted to the idea of the Skirball Cultural Center before it was born. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from the Skirball's inauguration in 1995 until 2013. His leadership was distinguished above all by a profound commitment to Jewish heritage and the ideals of American democracy. His brilliant intellect, eloquence and unwavering integrity helped to shape the first generation of the Skirball's life.
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