Cardozo Society



The Benjamin Cardozo Society is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys in Milwaukee that aims to celebrate the legal profession’s commitment to the principles of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation klal Yisrael (the collective unity of the Jewish people), tzedakah (the obligation to care for one another) and tikkun olam (improving the society in which we live). The society has sponsored programs that integrate Jewish and legal concerns and provide educational, leadership, social, and networking opportunities for attorneys.



Membership is open to any attorney age 35 or older who contributes a minimum gift of $1,800 to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, $1,000 for 30- to 34-year-old donors, and $500 for donors under age 30.

Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Cardozo Society are open to all attorneys, their guests, and others who share similar interests or goals. Frequently, these events offer Continuing Legal Education credits.



The Cardozo Society is named after the renowned Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938). Appointed to the Supreme Court in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover as a successor to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cardozo was one of the foremost spokesmen on sociological jurisprudence. His views on the relationship of law to social change made him one of the most influential of U.S. judges.

With Justices Louis D. Brandeis and Harlan F. Stone, Cardozo voted to uphold much early New Deal legislation, often dissenting from the majority opinion. Cardozo’s legacy includes an expansion of the legal duty owed in tort law, expressed in the landmark New York case of MacPherson v. Buick, a seminal case for products liability. He also worked to undergird contract law with principles of fairness, changing a presumption of purely competitive behavior to one of mutually cooperative behavior, and making contract law more reasonable and practical. (Source: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001. Connecticut Law Tribune, May 13, 2002, by Thomas Scheffey.)

For more information on the Society, please email Campaign Director Shelly M. Sampon.

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