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NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Forum on Law, Culture & Society – which for nine years has hosted lively conversations with such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, film director Oliver Stone, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – is moving from Fordham Law School to the New York University School of Law

The Forum will become a Center at NYU School of Law where it will continue to build on its reputation as an ideas-driven cultural organization that shines a spotlight on the relationship between law and society.

"We are very excited about making this move to NYU while appreciating our many years at Fordham Law and especially its former Dean William Treanor," said Thane Rosenbaum, founder and director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. "There are times of transition for all great organizations. Our hope is that this move will lead to more expansive programming, even larger audiences, and the potential to reach beyond our home in New York."

"I am very pleased to welcome the Forum on Law, Culture & Society," said NYU School of Law Dean Trevor Morrison. "Our curriculum emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of law, and Thane's programs, with their rich array of people and topics, will amplify that theme, both for members of the NYU Law community and for the public."

A cultural commentator and critically acclaimed writer, Mr. Rosenbaum is leaving his post as the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School where he taught for 22 years to make the move to NYU. There, he will be a Senior Fellow where he will continue to direct the Forum. It was his vision that launched the Forum as a place for discussing how law affects culture and society. He also has advocated making the Forum available to the broader public as a way to better explain an often opaque legal system and to introduce a moral dimension to human rights and human dignity before the law.

The nonprofit Forum is perhaps best known for its annual Film Festival, which combines a well-known film about the law and human rights with a special post-screening guest. The 2014 Film Festival will include conversations with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer about The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and with human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali about the film Submission.

Other notable guests over the years have included former Florida governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, actress Susan Sarandon and numerous other government officials, actors, writers and legal experts.

The Forum's programming this fall opens on Sept. 10 with its Trials & Error series featuring a conversation with the real "Wolf of Wall Street," Jordan Belfort. Joining him in the discussion will be Kelly Evans, co-anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC, and former federal prosecutor Daniel Alonso (NYU Law JD '90), who worked on the Belfort case. Tickets are on sale now for this event at the 92nd Street Y.

The Forum on Law, Culture & Society is committed to providing a unique, engaging, and entertaining experience for both a public and online audience by examining the big ideas of the day, including matters of law, justice, human rights and civil society, and by bringing together influential artists, government leaders and public intellectuals in a dynamic setting that is spirited, enriching and alive.

For more information about the Forum and its move to the NYU School of Law, please contact Erin Bundra at 212-992-6152, erin.bundra@folcs.org, or Mike Androvett at 800-559-4534, mike@androvett.com.

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