Just a note that I’ll participate in a panel discussion on the Supreme Court’s free exercise jurisprudence tomorrow at Cardozo Law School’s Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy:
The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy is proud to present The Supreme Court and New Frontiers in Religious Liberty. Join us for a conversation with First Amendment experts and practitioners to discuss the future of First Amendment Free Exercise and Establishment Clause jurisprudence.
Cardozo Professor Michael Pollack will lead a discussion on the Court’s jurisprudence and its impact on civil liberties, religious liberty, and separation of church and state. Panelists include Cornell Professor of Law Nelson Tebbe (author of “Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age”), St. John’s Professor of Law Mark Movsesian (co-director of The Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University Law School),Elizabeth Reiner Platt (Director of Columbia’s Law, Rights, and Religion Project), and Giselle Klapper (Sikh Coalition Senior Staff Attorney).
Proof of vaccination is required. Masks are required.
Details about tickets below. Friends of CLR, please stop by and say hello!
I am delighted to be participating in this conference at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, next Tuesday, which inaugurates the new Center for Law and the Human Person, directed by Elizabeth Kirk. The theme of the conference is “Rightly Ordered Law and the Flourishing of the Human Person.”
The title of my talk is “Notes on a New Humanism in Legal Education.” I’m told the conference will be recorded, but if you are in DC, please register at the link and do stop by and say hello! I’ll have more to say about the substance of the talk by and by.
Law – charters, statutes, judicial decisions, and traditions – mattered in colonial America, and laws about religion mattered a lot. The legal history of colonial America reveals that America has been devoted to the free exercise of religion since well before the First Amendment was ratified. Indeed, the two colonies originally most opposed to religious liberty for anyone who did not share their views, Connecticut and Massachusetts, eventually became bastions of it. By focusing on law, Scott Douglas Gerber offers new insights about each of the five English American colonies founded for religious reasons – Maryland, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts – and challenges the conventional view that colonial America had a unified religious history.