Sylvia Neil is currently a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School where she previously served as associate dean. She founded and chairs the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law at Brandeis University and co-edits its book series (Brandeis University Press). She has taught at several institutions, most recently Northwestern University School of Law, focusing on religious liberty, gender, jurisprudence and legal writing. Sylvia began her career as a poverty law litigator. For many years she was the legal counsel and executive director of the American Jewish Congress for the Midwest region where she developed programs to positively impact religious liberty, civil rights, women’s rights and peace in the Middle East. She litigated and appeared amicus curiae in numerous cases, authored legislative enactments and testified before several legislative bodies on these issues. Sylvia has been a consultant to not for profit organizations and civic institutions and created the prototype Jewish Women’s Foundation. She received the distinguished service award from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation and was appointed to both the Illinois and Cook County Human Rights Commissions. Sylvia currently sits on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art (vice chair), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grand Teton Music Festival (executive committee), Chicago Public Media(WBEZ), Columbia College Chicago (vice chair), Chicago High School for the Arts and the visiting committee for the humanities at the University of Chicago. She also serves on the national advisory committee of Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division, Women On Call and the national board of NARAL. Sylvia was born in Toledo, Ohio and is married to Dan Fischel. Together they have a wonderful blended family of five children, two daughters-in-law and three grandsons. Sylvia and Dan support numerous Jewish and Israeli philanthropic causes including the Arava Institute, Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Spertus Institute, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, JCUA and ORT America.