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Westport Attorney To Give Talk On His Work With Syrian Refugees

Ken Bernhard of Westport makes a recent visit to the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
Ken Bernhard of Westport makes a recent visit to the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport attorney Ken Bernhard will give a talk in town on the Syria Fund, a not-for-profit organization that he helped to organize last year to assist Syrian refugees in Jordan.

He will speak to Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road E., Westport.

Bernhard is a principal in Cohen and Wolf, representing individuals, businesses and municipalities in a wide range of matters. He also represented Westport in the General Assembly from 1995 to 2005, served as Westport’s third selectman and was town attorney for three administrations. He is currently town attorney for both Weston and Wilton.

He is a member of many boards, including the Westport Library, Earthplace, the Levitt Pavilion and the Aspetuck Land Trust.

As a senior attorney with the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, he has taught American Constitutional Law at law universities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Hungary and Mongolia.

Bernhard is a graduate of Yale University and the New York University Law School.

This will be the third time he will speak to Y’s Men. Bernhard said he established the Syria Fund to “try to bring a little sanity to a crazy part of the world.”

He will speak about conditions in refugee camps, and about the work the United Nations does to assist people to resettle after being driven from their country by the ongoing warfare.

Y's Men of Westport/Weston is an organization of retired and semi-retired men with a continued interest in activity, fellowship, learning and community service.

Those interested in attending Bernhard’s presentation and learning more about Y's Men should contact John Brandt at You can also access the group’s website .

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