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David Inlander (JD '75) is a principal at the Chicago law firm Fischel and Kahn, Ltd. where he focuses his practice in complex family law litigation, civil, chancery, trust and probate, and medical-legal and professional liability matters.  He has also successfully mediated numerous matters and is actively engaged in the development of a cooperative law model for matrimonial cases.  David is a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and member of the national AJC Board of Governors, where he holds the post of National and International Chair of the Interreligious Affairs Commission.  In February, David had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican where he presented him with a copy of the book, “Chagall: Love, War and Exile,” which includes one of the Pope’s favorite works of art, Marc Chagall’s 1938 painting, White Crucifixion, that uses Christian symbolism to warn the world about Jewish suffering on the eve of the Shoah. The book was enclosed in a personalized box. A pioneer in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations over many decades, AJC enjoys close, cooperative relations with the Vatican, as well as with American Catholic leadership.  This was Inlander’s second audience with the Pope.  Last June he was part of an AJC senior leadership delegation that participated in Pope Francis’ first audience with representatives of the international Jewish community at the Vatican.  “We are heartened that Pope Francis shared with us his unequivocal support for the strengthening of Catholic-Jewish relations and his forceful declaration against anti-Semitism,” said Inlander after the first visit. 

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