Talk on religion and the Constitution to precede conference

Author: Melanie McDonald,
Notre Dame Law School


Kent Greenawalt, professor at Columbia University Law School, will present a lecture Thursday (Oct. 9) at 4 p.m. in the Eck VisitorsCenter auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. Presented by Notre Dame Law School, the event is free and open to the public.

Greenawalt, a preeminent constitutional law scholar, will discuss his new book,Religion and the Constitution: Establishment and Fairness.The lecture will focus on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which readsCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…

The lecture precedes an academic conference drawing law and religion scholars from across the country to Notre Dame Law School to discuss Greenawalts book. The conference is hosted by Richard Garnett, professor of law at Notre Dame.

Visiting participants are:

•Lawrence A. Alexander, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

•Kathleen Ann Brady, professor of law, Villanova University School of Law

•Christopher J. Eberle, assistant professor of philosophy, United States Naval Academy

•Frederick Mark Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School

•Paul Horwitz, associate professor of law, University of Alabama School of Law

•Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

•Michael J. Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory Law School

•Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

•Stephen Smith, John V. Ray Research Professor, University of Virginia; and visiting professor of law, Notre Dame

•Winnifred F. Sullivan, associate professor and director, Law and Religion Program, University of Buffalo Law School

•Nelson Tebbe, associate professor of law, Brooklyn Law School

Greenawalt earned degrees from Swarthmore College, Oxford University and Columbia University. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1965, he was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan and subsequently spent part of a summer as an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Miss. He served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and was a member of the Due Process Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union. He also worked as Deputy U.S. Solicitor General.

Greenawalts main interests are in constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, civil disobedience and criminal responsibility.

_ Contact: Richard Garnett, 574-631-6981,_ " " _

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