Religious Freedom: Liberty, Legislation and Litigation

Religious Freedom: Liberty, Legislation and Litigation
Friday, October 20, 2017 8:45 am to 3:45 pm
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Religious freedom is a constitutional guarantee, but how can states balance religious freedom and civil rights protections? This Connecticut Law Review symposium will explore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which opened the door to religious exemptions for corporations, as well as cases like E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, which are attempting to push open the religious exemption door even further. State laws, diverse as the states themselves, have spurred contentious debate The greatest tensions fall between religious freedom and civil rights, primarily in cases challenging LGBTQ protections. Legal scholars, legislators, practitioners, public advocacy groups and outspoken members of the community will come together to explore these tensions. 

Eligible for 5.0 Connecticut CLE credits.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Check-in and Complimentary Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 am

Andrew Ammirati, Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Law Review
Timothy Fisher, Dean, University of Connecticut School of Law

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Address

Lawrence Sager, Professor of Law, University of Texas Law School

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Federal and State Protection for Corporate Religious Liberty

Caroline Mala Corbin, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Charlotte Garden, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
Michael A. Hefland, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law 
Moderator: Ashe McGovern, Legislative and Policy Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School

11:00 am - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Religious Community Perspective

Reverend Walter Nagle, Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, CT
Dean Scott Thumma, Interim Academic Dean, Hartford Seminary
Rabbi Bruce Alpert, Beth Israel Synagogue, Wallingford, CT
Moderator: Joseph MacDougald, Professor-in-Residence and Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Federalism and the Question of Religious Liberty

Christopher C. Lund, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
Lawrence Sager, Professor of Law, University of Texas Law School
Robin Fretwell Wilson, Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law
Moderator: Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, New York Times Columnist

2:15 pm - 2:25 pm
Keynote Address

Governor Dannel Patrick Malloy, 88th and current Governor of Connecticut

2:25 pm - 3:55 pm
Legislation and Connecticut in Focus

Dan Barrett, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut
Adrienne Fulco, Associate Professor and Director of the Public Policy and Law Program, Trinity College
Michael McLachlan, Connecticut State Senator
Moderator: Colin McEnroe, Host of the WNPR Colin McEnroe Show, Hartford Courant Columnist

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Emily Gait & Stephani Roman, Symposium Editors, Connecticut Law Review

3:55 pm
Ice Cream Social

Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
Emily Gait
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