Russell G. Pearce (Faculty Director)
Founder and faculty director Professor Russell G. Pearce is widely credited as a leading animator of what is now known as "religious lawyering." Read more.
Ana Renata Dias (Director)
Ana Renata Dias is a lawyer from Portugal with extensive experience in interreligious and intercultural dialogue. She comes to Fordham from the New York office of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), where she helped to coordinate staff and resources for its numerous programs to support the peoples of the Middle East, India and Northeast Africa. Prior to that, she served as an executive coordinator for the Focolare Movement's large-scale international ecumenical events such as "Together for Europe." In addition to overseeing the general program, she coordinates the Institute's international and interfaith tracks.
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard (Scholar-In-Residence)
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard the Director of Organizational Development at the Jewish think tank CLAL, as well as Meyer Struckmann Professor of Jewish Law at Humboldt Faculty of Law in Berlin. He serves as scholar in residence at the Institute for Law, Religion and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham Law School where he teaches Jewish law. Rabbi Blanchard holds PhD degrees in Philosophy and in Psychology. He has been a university professor, the director of an Orthodox High School and a practicing clinical and organizational psychologist. Tsvi has taught at Washington, Northwestern and Loyola Universities as well as the Drisha Institute for Women. His publications include the 2002 Riesman award winning “How to Think About Being Jewish in the Twenty-First Century: a New Model of Jewish Identity Construction” as well as “How Stories Heal” Tsvi coauthored a book entitled Embracing Life, Facing Death: a Jewish Guide to Palliative Care.