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In reading about the history behind this lecture series, I was struck by how Lawrence I. Gerber is described: as a man "born in New York City of immigrant parents" who went on to attend City College and NYU Law School, who "loved the law and remained faithful to it through 60 years of practice." His, in short, was the story of the American dream, a dream that all of us have shared-of a nation of immigrants and law, of hope, struggle, and ultimately, promise fulfilled.

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