Health Care Law

Are Religious Healthcare Systems “Churches”?

Short video featuring Eric Rassbach
Eric Rassbach November 30, 2016

What are the limits of what constitutes a “church” under ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act? Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explains the upcoming Supreme Court Case, Dignity Health v. Rollins. The “Dignity Case” highlights the ambiguity of the definition of “church-established enterprises,” such as the health care systems of religious organizations, and how they are impacted by the parameters of what constitutes religious exercise.

Supreme Court Litigation in the Obamacare Cases - Event Audio/Video

Georgetown Student Chapter
Josh Blackman, Michael A. Carvin, Martin S. Lederman, Erin Murphy, Adam Liptak, Michael Munoz October 05, 2016

On September 27, 2016, the Georgetown Student Chapter of the Federalist Society, in conjunction with the national office's Faculty Division, held an event on Supreme Court advocacy and the Affordable Care Act cases.


  • Prof. Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law, Houston College of Law
  • Mr. Michael Carvin, Partner, Jones Day
  • Prof. Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ms. Erin Murphy, Partner, Bancroft, PLLC
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times
  • Introduction: Mr. Michael Munoz, President, Georgetown Student Chapter

Georgetown Law Center
Washington, DC

Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power - Podcast

Litigation and Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Josh Blackman, Nicholas Bagley September 30, 2016

Six years after its enactment, Obamacare remains one of the most controversial, divisive, and enduring political issues in America. In this much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (2013), Professor Blackman argues that, to implement the law, President Obama has broken promises about cancelled insurance policies, exceeded the traditional bounds of executive power, and infringed on religious liberty. At the same time, he writes that conservative opponents have stopped at nothing to unravel Obamacare, including a three-week government shutdown, four Supreme Court cases, and fifty repeal votes. Author Joshua Blackman and Michigan Law Professor Nicholas Bagley joined us to discuss the book and the saga of Obamacare.


  • Prof. Josh Blackman,  Author, Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, & Executive Power, Associate Professor of Law, Houston College of Law
  • Prof. Nicholas Bagley, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Zubik v. Burwell: Post-Decision

Short video featuring Michael W. McConnell
Michael W. McConnell July 29, 2016

Prof. Michael W. McConnell, Director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the recent Supreme Court case of Zubik v. Burwell. The case dealt with whether religious institutions should be exempt from the “contraceptive mandate” of the Affordable Care Act, specifically due to the provisions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.