Sylvia Neil is 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). Sylvia began her career as a poverty law litigator, taught at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and for many years was the legal counsel and Midwest region executive director of the American Jewish Congress. Sylvia has been a consultant to several not for profit institutions including the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago where she created the prototype Jewish Women’s Foundation. Sylvia was appointed to both the Illinois and Cook County Human Rights Commissions and has served on many civic boards. She is currently involved with the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago (executive committee) and Grand Teton Music Festival (immediate past chair). She is on the national advisory committee of Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division and on the University of Chicago Council for the Humanities and the Institute of Molecular Engineering. Sylvia Markowicz Neil 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 four grandchildren.


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