Wayne Law Review's Symposium: The Evolution of Religious Liberty

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This symposium will bring together leading legal scholars from across the country to explore and discuss the rapidly changing parameters of religious freedom in the United States. Consisting of four, one-hour panels, the symposium will address the various repercussions of recent Supreme Court decisions and what these cases mean for the future. With a diverse array of expert contributors, the symposium will provide invaluable insights into contemporary legal debates that show no signs of slowing down.


10-10:15 a.m.

Welcome by Professor Michael Oswalt, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty

Development, Wayne State University Law School

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Prof. Michael Helfand

Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law

Using Jewish Law: Jewish Legal Advocacy on Abortion and Religious Liberty

Prof. Nomi Stolzenberg

University of Southern California Law School

The Protestant (Dis)Establishment: Its Overlooked Role in the Ongoing Battle Over Religious Freedom

Prof. Asma Uddin

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Religious Identity Capitalism

Moderator: Prof. Brad Roth, Wayne State University Law School & Wayne State University (Political Science)

11:15-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Prof. Chad Flanders

St. Louis University School of Law

Compelling Interests and Compelled Speech

Prof. James Oleske, Lewis & Clark Law School

Free Exercise Uncertainty: Original Meaning? History and Tradition? Pragmatic Nuance?

Prof. Amy Sepinwall

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The Conduct-Status Connection and Expressive Wedding Vendor Cases

Moderator: Prof. Mark Satta, Wayne State University (Philosophy)

12:30-1:30 p.m.


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Prof. Charlotte Garden

University of Minnesota Law School


Prof. Christopher Lund

Wayne State University Law School

In Defense of Offended-Observer Standing

Prof. Faraz Sanei

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law

Funding Free Exercise

Moderator: Dan Dalton, Partner, Dalton & Tomich, Detroit, MI

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:30 p.m.

Prof. Thomas Berg

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

The Irony of American Religious-Freedom Disputes

Prof. Andrew Koppelman

Northwestern University Law School

Essentially Contested Histories: On Recent Efforts to Cabin the Meanings of Slavery and Disestablishment

Moderator: Prof. Jonathan Weinberg, Wayne State University Law School

3:30-3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

For more information contact James O'Dea, Symposium Editor for the Wayne Law Review, at hj1304r@wayne.edu.

Please RSVP for continental breakfast and/or lunch by October 11, 2023.

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