University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN

ISFL North American Regional Conference: Inequality and the Future of Family Law

Panel: "The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law"
Brian Bix, University of Minnesota Law School
Namoi Cahn, George Washington Law School
Federica Giardini, University of Padua
Robin Kar, University of Illinois College of Law
Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of Illinois College of Law

The+Contested+Place+of+Religion+in+Family+Law_Flyer-1.jpg
View Event →
University of Illinois College of Law Faculty Retreat at Allerton Park, Monticello, IL
May
9
3:00 PM15:00

University of Illinois College of Law Faculty Retreat at Allerton Park, Monticello, IL

ToleranceMeans Dialogue: Religious Liberty and the Culture War Over LGBT Rights: Can University Students Make a Difference?"

Featuring:
Dialogue Catalysts:  Robin Fretwell Wilson, Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and law student winner of the Tolerance Scholarship.

Moderated by Jason Mazzone, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Illinois Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law

Essay Due:
Monday, May 1, 2018

Scholarship Poster.jpg
View Event →
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Event featuring:

Andras Sajo, immediate past Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights

Jan Figel, European Union Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Christopher McCrudden (previously at Oxford, now at Queen’s University, Belfast, and editor of a wonderful volume entitled Understanding Human Dignity)

Ronan McCrea (University College London and European University Institute (Florence))

Brett Scharffs (BYU)

Renata Uitz (CEU)

View Event →
National Adoption Conference 2018, Washington, D.C.
Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

National Adoption Conference 2018, Washington, D.C.

"Honoring Family and Birth Mother Adoption Choices:  Federal Policy Innovations to Protect Agency Diversity" presented by Robin Fretwell Wilson & Stanley Carlson-Thies

This workshop will explore ways to ensure continued diversity of adoption agencies to serve prospective adoptive families and birth mothers, who are themselves diverse in religions and values. A particular focus will be reconfiguring how federal financing supports adoption and foster care services to put at the forefront the interests of children and the choices and values of families and birth mothers.

View Event →

University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN

Academic Freedom in Catholic Universities: Where the Church Does its Thinking

The American Legal System is an adversarial system that is premised on the belief that the vigorous exchange of contesting truthful perspectives will most likely reveal the truth. The contemporary concept of academic freedom relies on similar ideas – that truth exists and that it is best discovered through dynamic dialogue on contested points. Yet Catholic universities (and law schools) are founded in the belief that “faith and reason bear harmonious witness to the unity of all truth.” This symposium asks the question what role religious faith has the modern university – and more particularly in contemporary legal education. The urgency of this question is illustrated by recent Congressional questioning of a judicial nominee about the orthodoxy of her faith and the depth of her dogma.

Topics include the priority between secular and religious teachings in post-secondary education, religious diversity in American law schools, historical analysis of religious diversity in Catholic law schools, and much more. The Symposium will include a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions.

5 Stanard CLE credits pending; 1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit pending

View Event →
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Nov
2
to Nov 3

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Symposium on The Medicalization of Poverty

The 2017 New Perspectives on Health Policy Symposium, organized in conjunction with the Carle health system, will address The Medicalization of Poverty. It is well documented that a number of diseases are strongly linked to poverty, and poverty is a strong predictor of health status. But a second aspect of poverty is less well-explored—that we have medicalized poverty. We spend inordinate amounts of money and other resources to address healthcare needs brought on by poverty instead of providing for the tangible needs of the poor before illness strikes. We treat the symptom, not the problem. This gathering is to consider “How can we do better, and what role can law and policy play?” The Symposium will bring together experts on the connection between poverty, disease burden, and healthcare expenditures to explore creative approaches for improving the life chances of the most disadvantaged among us. The healthcare system itself may have a transformative role to play.

View Event →
University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
Oct
20
8:45 AM08:45

University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Connecticut Law Review 2017 Symposium on State RFRA Laws: Liberty, Legislation, & Litigation

Religious freedom is a constitutional guarantee, but how can states balance religious freedom and civil rights protections? This Connecticut Law Review symposium will explore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which opened the door to religious exemptions for corporations, as well as cases like E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, which are attempting to push open the religious exemption door even further. State laws, diverse as the states themselves, have spurred contentious debate The greatest tensions fall between religious freedom and civil rights, primarily in cases challenging LGBTQ protections. Legal scholars, legislators, practitioners, public advocacy groups and outspoken members of the community will come together to explore these tensions.

View Event →
Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
Sep
28
10:45 AM10:45

Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.

Conference on the First Amendment

STREAM LIVE AT: www.cato.org/live

The First Amendment has moved to the center of American political conflict. On college campuses, students and faculty demand protection from speech and speakers. Polls show students and young people in general evince less support for free speech than previous generations had shown. In legal and public debate, the free exercise of religion conflicts with the right to marriage, thereby placing the First Amendment at the center of vitriolic cultural clashes. Moreover, the challenges for the First Amendment seemed fated to grow. Modern surveillance methods can chill speech even absent malign intent from officials. The global nature of the Internet also means that regulations arising from nations less protective of speech than the United States might become the rule for all. If this were not enough, traditional First Amendment issues such as campaign finance remain controversial during and after hard-fought elections. Cato’s first conference on the First Amendment, a new biennial effort, offers provocative and thoughtful views on these issues.

For more information, visit: https://www.cato.org/events

View Event →
Dole Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Dole Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

  • Dole Institute—University of Kansas (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Constitution Day Program with Camilla Taylor

Two experts in religious freedom law and anti-discrimination law will join the Dole Institute to discuss the difficult issues that arise when the assertion of religious beliefs conflicts with the rights of others. Does the constitutionally protected free exercise of religion trump state anti-discrimination laws that prohibit denying services based on a customer’s sexual orientation? Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Camilla Taylor, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, explore this topic in a conversation moderated by Stephen McAllister, KU distinguished professor of law.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZcnDkCrLJc

View Event →