2016 Annual Western Chapters Conference
How should federalism affect “moral” issues like abortion, traditional marriage, and state RFRA laws? What about the intersection of equal protection and religious liberties? Should pro-life state attorneys general, for example, file lawsuits against abortion providers like Planned Parenthood? Is religious faith and morality inherently in tension with fidelity to the rule law?
This debate was part of the 2016 Annual Western Chapters Conference at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on January 30, 2016.
Federalism and Religious Liberty
- Prof. John Eastman, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University
- Prof. Marci Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
- Moderator: Hon. Carlos Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- Introduction: Mr. Joel Ard, Member, Foster Pepper PLLC
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Simi Valley, CA
This panel will address the religious rights of persons and corporate entities in the context of the same sex marriage rulings, threats to not-for-profit status, cake baking, and other current areas of uncertainty. The panel will also discuss appropriate Federal/Florida roles and possible distinctions between protection under the law and civil disobedience in the context of religious liberty.
This panel was part of the 2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's Boardwalk Inn in Lake Buena Vista, FL on January 22-23, 2016.
Federalism and Religious Liberties
- Prof. Carl H. Esbeck, R.B. Price Professor Emeritus of Law/Isabelle Wade & Paul C. Lyda Emeritus of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
- Prof. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
- Prof. Michael P. Moreland, Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow and Concurrent Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame
- Moderator: Hon. Timothy Osterhaus, Florida First District Court of Appeal
- Introduction: Dr. Nathan Adams, Holland & Knight LLP
Disney's Boardwalk Inn 2015 National Lawyers Convention
Lake Buena Vista, FL
With the U.S. Supreme Court cert grant in the Little Sisters of the Poor case, religious liberties is once again in the legal and media spotlight. What is the recent record of the government in protecting religious liberty? Our panel will discuss everything from the contraceptive mandate and its exemptions to ministerial hiring, RLUPA, the faith-based initiative, the Planned Parenthood controversy, and everything in between.
Religious Liberties: Examination of the Obama Administration’s Protection of Religious Liberty
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
- Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder & Senior Director, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
- Mr. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
- Mr. William L. Saunders, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, Americans United for Life
- Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates
- Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
The Mayflower Hotel Texas Chapters Podcast
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) ballot initiative, which extends to housing & employment, has been described as an expansive LGBT anti-discrimination measure. The Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the new Pastor Protection Act are intended to provide rights of conscience protection and some assurance of employment accommodation for religious objectors, in light of initiatives like HERO and the anti-discrimination ordinance in San Antonio. After the Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision, more and more states will face the conundrum encountered by states like Indiana, Kentucky, and now Texas, where the recently affirmed LGBT constitutional privacy interest is in tension with state and federal RFRA laws and other constitutional religious objector protections. Will states that desire to carve out religious conviction protections be eclipsed by the momentum of locally based anti-discrimination measures? Do federal laws provide sufficient public office and private party religious expression protection?
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
- Prof. John Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law
- Prof. Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
- Kathleen Hunker, Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
- Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
On June 26, 2015, by a 5 to 4 margin, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that the 14th amendment requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex. The decision resulted in considerable controversy. What, now, are the legal objections of state officials? Will we continue to see stories like that of Kim Davis, the recently-arrested Kentucky clerk? Our experts Professor Eastman, Professor Franck, and Mr. Whelan weighed in.
- Prof. John C. Eastman, Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
- Prof. Matthew J. Franck, Director, William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution, The Witherspoon Institute
- Mr. M. Edward Whelan III, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center