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  Irene Merker Rosenberg (1939-2010) was born in the
                                                                            Bronx, New York and was educated at The City
                                                                            College of New York where she earned a B.A., and
                                                                            went on to receive a LL.B. from New York University
                                                                            School of Law in 1964. At NYU she was a Florence
                                                                            Allen Scholar and an editor of the Law Review.
                                                                            Professor Rosenberg started her legal career by
                                                                            working with the Department of Health, Education and
                                                                            Welfare, Office of the General Counsel, Washington,
                                                                            D.C. as a staff attorney for two years. In 1967 she
                                                                            joined the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid
                                                                            Society of New York. As the attorney in charge of the
                                                                            Bronx office, she passionately and zealously
                                                                            represented juveniles and was responsible for the
                                                                            training and supervision of sixty attorneys. She
                                                                            developed and wrote the first training manual for
                                                                            juvenile attorneys, and with very few modifications
                                                                            this manual continues to be used to this day. It was as
                                                                            a trial attorney at Legal Aid that she was instrumental
                                                                            in bringing the case, In re Winship, to the United
                                                                            States Supreme Court. The Court found that the
                                                                            standard of proof for delinquency proceedings was
                                                                            beyond a reasonable doubt as it is in adult criminal
                                                                            cases. After joining the University of Houston Law

Center faculty in 1974 she ran a juvenile justice clinic and taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal
Law, Juvenile Law, and Legal Analysis. She was the first woman professor to obtain tenure at UHLC, was the first
law professor to receive a University wide award for research, and was the Royce R. Till Professor of Law. As a
scholar she was an expert in juvenile justice, children’s law, and constitutional law and published numerous articles
in top law reviews. She also co-authored many articles with Yale Rosenberg on juvenile and criminal law and on the
comparative study of American and Jewish criminal law.

Yale L. Rosenberg (1939-2002) was born in Houston, Texas where he was one of the first Jewish students to attend
Rice University. He graduated summa cum laude in 1959 with a degree in business administration and economics.
He was on the Dean’s list and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He left Texas to attend law school at New York
University as a Root-Tilden Scholar. At NYU, he was Research Editor for the Law Review and a member of the
Order of the Coif. He graduated 7th in a class of 296 in 1964. Upon graduation from NYU he started his legal career
by clerking with the Honorable Judge Oscar H. Davis of the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. He
then went to work at the law firm of Arnold & Porter. In 1966 he joined the New York Mayor’s Task Force as a
legal advisor on the Constitutional Convention, and in 1967 he became an Assistant United States Attorney in the
Southern District of New York. He remained there until 1973 when he returned to Houston to join the faculty at the
University of Houston Law Center where he taught Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Jewish Law,
Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility, and Seminars in Federal Habeas Corpus. Recognized as an
outstanding teacher, he influenced over 3,000 students over his career, and in 2000 was the first law professor to
receive the Teaching Excellence Award from the University. His years as a scholar brought him national recognition
in the areas of habeas corpus, civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, and Jewish law. Over the years Yale produced
over thirty articles, three of which won him the M.D. Anderson Foundation Award at the University of Houston.
The articles that he co-authored with his wife, Irene Merker Rosenberg, that combined Jewish and secular law are
the foundation of this manuscript.

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