James Pasch (LAW ’10) Named Senior Director of National Litigation of the ADL

James Pasch

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp, the battle against antisemitism is more important than ever. 

James Pasch (LAW ’10), who is a member of the CWRU Law School Law Alumni Association Board, and served for several years as the Law School’s Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, has been named Senior Director of National Litigation of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

Pasch had been the Midwest Regional Director of the ADL (covering Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania) since leaving the Law School’s Alumni Affairs and Development Office in 2019. In his new role, Pasch will coordinate, develop and lead a new nationwide strategic litigation program that will take the fight against antisemitism and extremism to the battleground of the courts. The program will leverage and marshal the organization’s existing assets, including staff lawyers, law firms, volunteer leaders, regional offices and subject-matter experts to take on civil cases related to domestic extremism, as well as antisemitism and other forms of bigotry.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our alum and former colleague,” said Co-Dean Michael Scharf. “With the recent upturn in hate crimes across the nation, James will occupy an incredibly important role at a very important time. And he has the unique constellation of skills, experience, tenacity and inexhaustible energy to take on those that traffic in hate.”