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Who Own's the Lord's House? Religious Liberty and Religious Property Disputes

Schedule, Location, and Accommodations

7:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and introduction
Dean Kenneth W. Starr
8:45 a.m. PANEL ONE: The State of Religious Liberty in the United States
Alan Brownstein, Leslie Griffin, Steven D. Smith, Barry McDonald
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Kent Greenwalt
11:30 a.m. PANEL TWO: The Religious Property Cases: The View from the Ground; Challenges to Denominations, Challenges to Congregations
James H. Miller, Lynn Moyer, and Robert F. Cochran
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. PANEL THREE: Religious Property Disputes: Hierarchical Deference or Neutral Principles?
Jeremy B. Rosen, Steffen N. Johnson, Robert F. Cochran, Jr., and Mark Scarberry
3:30 p.m. PANEL FOUR: Application of Neutral Principles in Church Property Disputes
Dean Kenneth W. Starr, Shelley Ross Saxer, and Edward J. Larson

The conference will be held at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California. The weather in January is typically sunny and pleasant, in the mid-70s during the day and the 50s at night. The campus is along the coast, forty-five minutes north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). For links to hotels in the area, click here.

A Note to Our Jewish Colleagues - Pepperdine University School of Law is located one-and-a-half miles from an Orthodox worship center and hotel accommodations (Casa Malibu). Kosher meals will be available at all conference events. To request Kosher meals or raise additional questions, contact Rabbi and Pepperdine Law Professor Sam Levine at (310) 506-6892 or samuel.levine@pepperdine.edu.

MCLE Credit - This conference has been approved by the State Bar of California for six hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit. Pepperdine University School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

For more information please contact Audrey Owens at (310) 506-7635 or by email at