Scott Gaylord presents on constitutional law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law
At the Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Constitutional Law Colloquium, held November 5 and 6, Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord presented research analyzing recent U.S. Supreme Court cases related to the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Loyola forum was the school’s first annual conference bringing together constitutional law scholars from all across the country and at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals.
Gaylord’s presentation entitled “Neutrality and Accommodation at the ‘Cross’-Roads: The Majoritarian Ascendency in Establishment Clause Analysis” explored the implications of the United States Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Salazar v. Buono (2010) and Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (2009). In particular, Gaylord argued that a majority of the Court appears to be fashioning a new rule governing facially religious government speech that would permit the government to accommodate religious expressions more readily without violating the Establishment Clause, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
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Constitutional law scholars from the following schools also participated in the event: Albany Law School, American University Washington College of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, CUNY School of Law, Drake Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, Northwestern Law, Notre Dame Law School, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Ohio Northern University College of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Temple Law School, University of Colorado School of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, University of North Dakota School of Law, University of Toledo College of Law, University of Washington School of Law, and Vermont Law School.