The HHS Mandate and the Proper Role of Religious Groups in Civil Society

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter
Start : Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:00 PM
End : Tuesday, August 14, 2012 01:30 PM

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The Summit Club
1901 Sixth Avenue North

Featured Speakers:
Kyle Duncan



  • Kyle Duncan, General Counsel, the Becket Fund

The Becket Fund filed the first of the lawsuits against the HHS contraceptive mandate, whose overt threats to religious liberty are well known. Fining a Catholic charity for refusing to provide employees with contraception guts any proper conception of American religious freedom. But a more subtle threat to liberty lurks in the mandate—that only purely religious groups that hire or serve their own co-religionists get to enjoy their freedom of conscience. The view that religious groups may contribute to the common good only if they check their beliefs at the cloister door is profoundly at odds with our American traditions of religious freedom. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC is cause for hope in this regard, but not an excuse for less vigilance.

About the Speaker:
Kyle became General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in 2012, after serving for three years as appellate chief of the Louisiana Department of Justice. Previously, he taught constitutional law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, and served as an assistant solicitor general in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He also practiced appellate law with Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas.

Registration details:

Cost: $15 for lunch (Please pay at the door and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society”)

RSVP: by Friday, August 10, 2012, to Carolyn Adkins at, or (205) 521-8687.

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