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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

8:30 - 9:00 WELCOME AND CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION
Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law
Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor and Director, Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics

9:00 – 9:45 PLENARY SESSION I

Agape: The Activity of Reframing
James Boyd White, L. Hart Wright Professor of Law Emeritus, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Michigan

Response

Darryl Tippens, Provost, Pepperdine University

9:45-10:15 AUTHOR CONVERSATION 

Christian Love and Criminal Punishment
Jeffrie Murphy, Regents' Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

You can find this chapter in the book, Christianity and Law: An Introduction, edited by John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander

10:30 - 12:00 PLENARY SESSION II - LOVE AND LAW: AN INTER-FAITH PANEL

Welcome and Moderator
Michael A. Helfand, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies

Love as Law: A Hindu Approach
Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
Law AS Love: A View from the Talmud
Chaim Saiman, Professor of Law, Villanova School of Law
Humanizing Legal Systems: Exploring the Capacity for a Humane Approach to Justice from a Muslim Perspective
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology

12:00 - 1:10 LUNCH

1:15 - 2:45 BREAKOUT SESSION I

BREAKOUT A - THEOLOGY AND LAW

Love as the Foundation of Jewish and Natural Law in the Religio-Legal Philosophy of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch
Shlomo C. Pill, SJD candidate in Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law
Why Agape is Not More 'Christian' than Eros and Philia
Roberto Sirvent, Associate Professor of Political and Social Ethics, Hope International University
Agape, Eros, Caritas and the Law
Kevin Lee, Professor, Campbell University School of Law
An Eastern Orthodox View of Love, Law, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Brandon Paradise, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School – Newark

BREAKOUT B - LOVE AND LEGISLATION: WHAT MIGHT IT LOOK LIKE? WOULD IT BE A GOOD THING?

Agape, the Golden Rule, the Rule of Law, and Wealth Maximization: All the Same Idea?
Eric Rasmusen, Dan R. and Catherine M. Dalton Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business
Legislating Love; Love of Neighbor as the Essence of the Israeli Legal System
Mark Goldfeder, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Law and Religion Student Program, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory Law School
The Law of Love
Perry Dane, Professor of Law at the Rutgers School of Law, Camden
The Impossibility of Imposed Love: Separation of Church and State and the Formation of a Truly Loving Society
Michael D. Peabody, Partner, Bradford & Barthel, LLP

3:00 - 3:30 PLENARY SESSION III 

Calvin, Law, and Love
Richard Mouw, Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary

3:30 - 4:00 PLENARY SESSION IV

Is Agape the Last, Best Hope for the Legal Profession?
Robert Vischer, Dean and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law

4:15 - 5:45 BREAKOUT SESSION II

BREAKOUT A - LAW SCHOOL AND LAW PRACTICE

Calvin on Love and Litigation
Eric G. Enlow, Dean, Handong International Law School
Love and Law in the Real World of Law Practice
Mark Hiepler, Partner, Hiepler & Hiepler
Agape and Legal Education
Jerry Organ, Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Teaching Agape to Law Students
L.O Natt Gantt II, Professor and Director of Academic Success and Advising; and Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform, Regent University School of Law

BREAKOUT B - LIBERALISM, POST-LIBERALISM, AND LAW

Render Unto Rawls: Law, Gospel and the Evangelical Fallacy
Wayne Barnes, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
Agape and a Post-Secular Pluralistic Conception of Law
Mark C. Modak-Truran, J. Will Young Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law
Sacralizing Law? Political Forgiveness and Liberal Justice
Zachary Calo, Associate Professor, Valparaiso University Law School
Disordered Love, Disordered Law: Why Christian Love Necessitates Christian Culture
Jeffery J. Ventrella, Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President of Student Training and Development, Alliance Defending Freedom

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

8:30 – 9:15 PLENARY SESSION V

"Be Instructed, All You Who Judge the Earth": The Dialectic of Law and Love during the World According to Augustine
Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

9:30-11:00 PLENARY SESSION VI - AGAPE AND LAW

Can Law Accept Its Limits?: The Challenge and Risk of Allowing Agape a Role in the Law
Linda Ross Meyer, Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law
Why Christian Love Is an Improper Category to Apply to Civil Law: A Contrarian Perspective
David VanDrunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Westminster Seminary California
Love and Justice in the Law: Catholic Reflections on Nicholas Wolterstorff
Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University

11:15-12:45 BREAKOUT SESSION III

BREAKOUT A - LAW, LOVE, AND POLITICS

Less than Embrace, More than Restraint: Bundles of Loves, Periodic Catastrophes, and the Realist Case for Political Forgiveness
Christopher J. Dowdy, Ph.D. Candidate, Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University
Is the Current Social Justice Movement Committing Societal Malpractice
Marlene McMillan, Why Liberty Matters
The When and the Where of Love: The Complexity of Subsidiarity as a Framework for Law
Lucia Silecchia, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America 
God's Moral Government of Love:the Theology that Helped Shape the Movement for Abolition and Civil Rights 
Nicholas Miller, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Church History, Director of the Andrews University International Religious Liberty Institute

BREAKOUT B - CRIMINAL LAW

'What's Love Got to Do With It?' Incarceration in the United States and Conditions of Confinement
Lynn Branham, Visiting Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law
Dignity and Rehabilitation
Meghan J. Ryan, Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Divine Love, Humanity's Law, and the 'Crime Against Humanity' in Transitional Justice
James W. McCarty III, Ph.D. Candidate in Religion, Ethics, and Society, Emory University

12:45-1:55 LUNCH

2:00 – 3:30 PLENARY SESSION VII - FINDING LOVE IN LAW WHERE YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT IT

The Relevance of Agape to Fiduciary Duties, If Any
Stephen Bainbridge, William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Love and Corporate Theory
Lyman Johnson, Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law and LeJeune Distinguished Chair in Law University of St. Thomas School of Law
Love and Intellectual Property
Thomas C. Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law

3:45 - 5:15 BREAKOUT SESSION IV

BREAKOUT A - LOVE AND LAW, IMMIGRATION AND RACE

Love, Law, and the Immigrant
Michael Scaperlanda, Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Whiteness, Inequality and Love
Brant Lee, Professor of Law, University of Akron
Love, Grace, and the Immigration Laws
Jennifer Lee Koh, Associate Professor of Law, Western State
The Prodigal Illegal: Christian Love and the Legal Status of Unauthorized Migrants
Victor C. Romero, Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Penn State

BREAKOUT B - LOVE AND LAW, FAMILY AND EDUCATION

Trifling Violence: The U.S. Supreme Court, Domestic Violence and a Theory of Love
Jeff Baker, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of Clinical Education, Pepperdine University School of Law
Turning Juvenile Detention Hearings into Community Healing: Why Settle for the Minimum of American Law When We Are Called to Fulfill God's Justice?
David Dominguez, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University
Putting Agape into Action: How the Partnership between Pepperdine Law School and the Ugandan Judiciary Sets Juvenile Prisoners Free
Jim Gash, Professor of Law and Director of the Global Justice Program, Pepperdine University School of Law

5:30 CONFERENCE CONCLUSION AND RECEPTION

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