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


Kent Greenawalt (Keynote Speaker) is a University Professor at Columbia Law School. He is the author of Religion and the Constitution, Two Vol. (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2008), as well as Hands Off! Civil Court Involvement in Conflicts Over Religious Property, 98 Columbia L. Rev. 1843 (1998). He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and served as the law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan.

Alan E. Brownstein, a nationally recognized Constitutional Law scholar, teaches Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Torts at UC Davis School of Law. His articles have been published in numerous academic journals including the Stanford Law Review, Cornell Law Review, UCLA Law Review and Constitutional Commentary. He is the editor of, The Establishment of Religion Clause: Its Constitutional History and the Contemporary Debate, the first volume of a series of anthologies on the Bill of Rights published by Prometheus Books.

Robert F. Cochran, Jr. is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law and Director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine. His books include Faith and Law: How Religious Traditions From Calvinism to Islam View American Law (NYU Press, 2008) and Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (Yale Univ. Press, 2001) (with Michael McConnell & Angela Carmella).

Leslie Griffin holds the Larry and Joanne Doherty Chair at the University of Houston School of Law and the author of Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2007). She holds a law degree from Stanford and a PhD in religious studies from Yale and clerked for the Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Steffen N. Johnson is a partner with Winston & Strawn, Washington, D.C., and serves as legal counsel in the Virginia church property cases for The Falls Church and Truro Anglican Church, local congregations that have withdrawn from the Episcopal Church. He is a law graduate of the University of Minnesota and clerked for Judge Donald P. Lay on the Eighth Circuit.

Jeremy B. Rosen is a partner with Horvitz and Levy, Los Angeles, California, and serves as legal counsel for the Episcopal Church in the California church property litigation. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke Law School and clerked for Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Shelley Ross Saxer is Professor of Law and Associate Academic Dean at Pepperdine University School of Law. Her law degree is from UCLA and she clerked for Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. She writes in the area of land use and the First Amendment.

Steven D. Smith is one of the nation's foremost scholars in the area of law and religion, and teaches in the areas of law and religion and constitutional law. Among his many scholarly works are The Constitution and the Pride of Reason (Oxford University Press 1998) and Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press 1995). Smith's articles on law and religion and constitutional law have been published in the Michigan Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Texas Law Review.

Kenneth W. Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, has argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court, including some of its major religious liberty cases. He is the author of First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life (Warner Books, 2002). He served as Solicitor General, D.C. Circuit Court Judge, and law clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger.