2017 Constitutional Symposium on Religious Liberty

Religious Exemptions, Equality, and the Law

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Poster for 2017 Constitutional Symposium on Relgious Liberty


9:00 am

Panel 1 - Religious Exemptions and Equality

  • Frederick Mark Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

  • Richard B. Katskee, Esq., Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

  • Gene Schaerr, Schaerr and Duncan, LLP

  • Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law

10:45 am

Religious Liberty Essay Contest - Student Presentations with Questions and Answers

  • Student Award Winners

  • Dr. G. Kevin Jones, S.J.D. Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty, Center for Constitutional Studies

  • Rodney K. Smith, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies

11:30 am

VIP Lunch and Keynote Address- Douglas Laycock

  • Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law, Class of 1963 Research Professor in Honor of Graham C. Lilly and Peter W. Low, and Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia School of Law.

1:30 pm

Panel 2 - Religion in the Public Schools, Revisiting Engel v. Vitale

  • Professor Joanne C. Brant, Ohio Northern University, Pettit School of Law

  • Professor William P. Marshall, William Rand Kennan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

  • Eimi Priddis, Attorney at Law and Affiliate, Center for Constitutional Studies, Utah Valley University

3:00 pm

Panel 3 - Political Engagement by Religious Leaders and Churches

  • Patrick A. Shea, Attorney at Law, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Rodney K. Smith, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Utah Valley University

Speaker Biography

Douglas Laycock

Douglas Laycock is the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He has published many books and articles on religious liberty and other constitutional topics, and articles and two books on the law of remedies. His writings on religious liberty are forthcoming in a five-volume collection from Eerdmans Publishing.

He represented churches and believers in Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah, City of Boerne v. Flores, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Church and School v. EEOC, and Holt v. Hobbs. He represented citizens opposing government-sponsored prayers in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe and Town of Greece v. Galloway. He played a key role in developing state and federal religious liberty legislation. As these examples illustrate, he is known for defending the liberty of all sides in America’s culture wars.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Chicago Law School, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Vice President of the American Law Institute.