On a bench near the Broward County Courthouse in South Florida, a blue and white sign exclaimed “Prefer a Jewish lawyer!” and offered a phone number people could call to reach the Jewish American Bar Association, a Jewish lawyer referral service founded by social worker Lisa Spitzer and based in Boca Raton. The controversial advertisement has raised flags in both the legal and Jewish communities. Are Jewish lawyers better? Or is this a case of stereotype and financial opportunity?
“I felt it played on certain stereotypes of Jews,” Fort Lauderdale attorney David Shulman told the Sun-Sentinel. “I know a lot of lawyers both Jewish and non-Jewish and some are good and some are bad. I don’t think using someone’s ethnicity is fair to determine whether they are a good or a bad lawyer.”