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The Meaning of Establishment and Freedom of Religion in the Roberts’ Court Symposim

Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom

4/12/2024 08:15am - 4:15pm


The Widener Law Review of Widener University Delaware Law School and The American Constitution Society presents

The Meaning of Establishment and Freedom of Religion in the Roberts’ Court

Friday, April 12, 2024
8:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Widener University Delaware Law School
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

Join us for a symposium exploring the critical interplay of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses and state and local legislation. In an era of shifting jurisprudence and societal dynamics, the delicate balance between religious liberties and anti-discrimination laws has taken center stage. We will delve into the multifaceted implications of landmark cases such as Fulton v. City of Philadelphia and Groff v. DeJoy, examining their impact on constitutional principles and legal practice. While navigating the intricacies of religious freedoms and civil rights, ethical considerations remain paramount in shaping legislative frameworks and advocacy. Join us as we unravel the complexities of this pivotal intersection, forging a path towards equity, justice, and constitutional integrity.

Distinguished Speaker: A Talk on the Tension Between Religious Liberties and Anti-Discrimination Laws, Establishment Clause Jurisprudence, and Responsibility

Marci A. Hamilton, Founder and CEO of CHILD USA; Professor of Practice in the Department of Political Science and Fox Family Pavilion Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania

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Speaker Bios (pdf)

Panel 1: Nelson Tebbe - The Principle and Politics of Liberty of Conscience (pdf), Sue Ghosh Stricklett - Presentation (pdf) and Remarks Outline (pdf).

Panel 2: Perry Dane - Prayer is Serious Business (pdf) and Establishment and Encounter (pdf).

Distinguished Speaker: Marci A. Hamilton - A Debate About Religious Liberty in America (pdf), 'Warped History': how the US supreme court justified gutting gay rights (pdf), 303 CREATIVE LLC ET AL. v. ELENIS ET AL. (pdf), Religious Liberty Protection Act of 1998 (pdf), and God vs. the Gavel Chapter 7 (pdf).

Panel 3: Lori Lipman Brown - Ethical Challenges in Mounting Contemporary Establishment Clause Cases (pdf) and Randal Shaheen - Addressing Ethical Dilemmas Presentation (pdf)