“Emerging Issues in First Amendment Jurisprudence: Interpreting the Relationship Between Religion and the State in the Modern Age”

On Friday, October 26, 2012, the Elon Law Review presented a symposium examining First Amendment issues resulting from the interplay between religion and government. The goals of the symposium were:

  • to analyze how the legal landscape has changed due to recent legal decisions, legislation, and other governmental actions regarding the interplay between religion and the state;
  • to examine the impact and future of pending issues involving the interaction of government and religion in the First Amendment context.
    The symposium, approved for 5.75 CLE credit hours, took place at Elon University School of Law, 201 N. Greene St., Greensboro, N.C.


9:00-9:15 Introductory Comments and Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45 Panel One: Antidiscrimination and the First Amendment

Presenters: Harry Tepker, Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law; Russell Weaver, Professor, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law; Dr. John Inazu, Professor, Washington University School of Law

11:00-12:30 Panel Two: Secular Law, Government Speech, and the Establishment Clause

Presenters: Dr. Saby Ghoshray, President, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies; Raymond Pierce, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; Dr. Alycee Lane, former Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:45 Panel Three: Legislative Prayer

Presenters: Robert Luther III, Attorney, Knicely & Associates, P.C.; Dr. Jeremy Mallory, Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School

3:00-4:30 Panel Four: Ministerial Exception

Presenters: Bruce Ledewitz, Professor, Duquesne University School of Law; Aaron Petty, Appellate Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice; Dr. Mark Strasser, Professor, Capital University Law School

For more information, please contact Ryan Morrison, Elon Law Review Symposium Editor, at rmorrison7@elon.edu.