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Conference Schedule

Find the full listing of panelist biographies and presentation titles in the conference brochure. Continental breakfast and a light lunch on the 24th and 25th are included in the conference registration fee. Conference participants may attend the conference dinner on Friday the 24th for an additional fee. (Completed at registration.) Room locations will be indicated in conference materials at the time of check in.

Thursday, February 23

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration Check In

4:30-4:35 p.m.

Welcome, Robert F. Cochran, Jr.

4:35-6:15 p.m.

Plenary Session I

The Meaning of the Religion Clauses: A High Wall? Neutrality?
Michael Stokes Paulsen, with response by Eugene Volokh
Andrew Koppelman, with response by Richard Garnett, Chad Flanders
Moderated by Deanell R. Tacha

There is little consensus among commentators and Supreme Court justices on Religion Clause jurisprudence. The one point of agreement seems to be that it is an inconsistent mess. This panel will explore two possible standards for addressing religion/law conflicts: a "wall of separation" and "neutrality." 

Friday, February 24th

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session II

Competing or Complementary? Claims of Law and Religion: Islamic and Jewish Perspectives
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, with response by Mohammad Fadel
Suzanne Last Stone, with response by David Flatto
Moderated by Douglas Kmiec

Drawing on the conference theme, this session will focus on the compatibility of the claims of law and the claims of religion. It will approach this question from the perspectives of Judaism and Islam and, in turn, provide opportunity for comparison and contrast between these and other faith traditions.

10:30 a.m.-12 noon

Breakout Sessions I

Accommodating Religion and Religious Views?
Alan Brownstein, Bruce N. Cameron, Kristen Carpenter, Barry McDonald, Frank Ravitch

International and Comparative Perspectives, Part 1
Robert John Araujo, Eoin Carolan, Austin Dacey, Mark D. Rosen, Stijn Smet

Families, Religious Communities, and the Law
Helen Alvaré, Frederick Mark Gedicks, Shelley Ross Saxer, Maimon Schwarzschild, William Wagner

12 noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

Government Institutions, Religious Affairs, and the First Amendment
Mark O. DeGirolami, Michael Helfand, Raymond Pierce, Mark Strasser

Religion, Law, and Culture
Sherman J. Clark, Mark Goldfeder, Chaim Saiman, Jack L. Sammons

Who Should Influence Whom?
Perry Dane, David Flatto, David W. Opderbeck, Zoë Robinson

The Bible and the Law
Barbara Armacost, Tremper Longman III, David VanDrunen, Dallas Willard, Robert F. Cochran, Jr.

3-04:15 p.m.

Plenary Session III

Two Theories of Religious Accommodation
Ayelet Shachar, with response by Marie Failinger, Paul Horwitz, Robin Fretwell Wilson
Moderated by Michael Helfand

This session will focus on the clash of religious accommodation, gender equality, and individual identity.  In so doing, the session will highlight the interaction between religious and secular sources of identity and authority in regulating the family.

6 p.m.

Conference Dinner at the Villa Graziadio (registration required)

Saturday, February 24th

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session IV

Law, Religion, and the Common Good: Reflections on the Challenges of Late Modernity
James Davison Hunter, with response by Patrick Brennan, Zachary R. Calo
Steven D. Smith, with response by Edward J. Larson
Moderated by Barbara Armacost

This panel will address the descriptive and the prescriptive. Are Western culture and law taking a secular or a sacred turn?  Should religious communities seek to transform culture and law, or merely seek, what Hunter has called "faithful presence"? Panelists are likely to disagree over each question.

10:30 a.m.-12 noon

Breakout Sessions III

Conscience Clauses and Medical Care Providers
Matthew S. Bowman,Caroline B. Newcombe, Bettina B. Plevan, Robin Fretwell Wilson

Is Religion Special?
Nathan Chapman, Bruce Ledewitz, Micah Schwartzmann, Nelson Tebbe

Legislative Prayer: Speaking Whose Truth to Which Power Thoughts on Forsyth County, North Carolina v. Joyner
Scott W. Gaylord, J. Michael Johnson, Christopher C. Lund, Robert Luther III, Jeremy G. Mallory

12 noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions IV

The Ministerial Exception
Ian Bartrum, Caroline Mala Corbin, Paul Horwitz, Michael P. Moreland, Nora O’Callaghan

Influence on Lawyers, Judges, Litigants, and Law Professors
John M. Breen and Lee J. Strang, Howard Kislowicz, Robert K. Vischer, Kevin Walsh,

International & Comparative Perspectives, Part 2
Dia Dabby, Kuk-Woon (Kuyper) Lee, Santiago Legarre, Mark Movsesian, Kyriaki Topidi

3:15-04:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions V

Rights and Responsibilities of Religious Groups on Campus
Mary Jean Dolan, Richard Garnett, Lisa Shaw Roy, Timothy J. Tracey

Commercial Law
Lyman Johnson, Barak D. Richman, Mark Scarberry, Susan Stabile

Secularization
Patrick Brown, Steven K. Green, John Hill, Mark C. Modak-Truran