A Discussion of the Religious Liberty Challenges to the “HHS Mandate”

The Columbus Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 PM
End : Thursday, February 27, 2014 01:15 PM

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The Athletic Club of Columbus
136 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH

Featured Speakers:
M. Edward Whelan



  • Ed Whelan, President, Ethics & Public Policy Center
  • Matthew Kairis, Partner, Jones Day

Can a for-profit corporation “exercise religion” under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (“RFRA”) so as to receive its protections from the controversial HHS Mandate? Did the Obama Administration’s so-called “accommodation” for non-profit corporations fix the religious-liberty concerns with that Mandate? Our panel will discuss these timely questions. On the for-profit side, the Supreme Court will decide whether RFRA provides its religious-liberty protections to for-profit corporations in Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, No. 13-356, and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, No. 13-254. The cases will be argued in March. Mr. Edward Whelan, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and contributor to the popular “Bench Memos” legal blog, will discuss this topic. On the non-profit side, the Supreme Court recently granted the Little Sisters of the Poor an injunction pending appeal, preventing HHS from enforcing the “accommodation” against them. Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius, No. 13A691. Mr. Matthew A. Kairis, counsel for many non-profit entities including the University of Notre Dame, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and various Catholic dioceses throughout the country, will provide an update on this religious-liberty litigation.

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