“Religion and the Constitution: Establishment and Fairness” Public Address Precedes Academic Conference

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greenwalt The public is invited to attend a lecture by Professor Kent Greenawalt of Columbia University Law School on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Eck Visitors’ Center Auditorium. Greenawalt, a preeminent constitutional law scholar, will discuss his new book, “Religion and the Constitution: Establishment and Fairness.” The lecture will focus on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the federal Constitution, which reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

The public lecture precedes an academic conference drawing law and religion scholars from across the country to Notre Dame Law School to discuss Greenawalt’s book. The conference is hosted by University of Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett.

Visiting participants are:
Lawrence A. Alexander, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law – University of San Diego School of Law
Kathleen Ann Brady, Professor of Law – Villanova University School of Law
Christopher J. Eberle, Assistant Professor of Philosophy – United States Naval Academy
Frederick Mark Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law – Brigham Young University Law School
Paul Horwitz, Associate Professor of Law – The University of Alabama School of Law
Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law – Northwestern University School of Law
Michael J. Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law – Emory Law School
Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law – University of San Diego School of Law
Stephen Smith, John V. Ray Research Professor—University of Virginia, and Visiting Professor of Law— University of Notre Dame
Winnifred F. Sullivan, Associate Professor and Director, Law and Religion Program – University at Buffalo Law School
Nelson Tebbe, Associate Professor of Law – Brooklyn Law School

Greenawalt earned degrees from Swarthmore College, Oxford University, and Columbia University. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1965, Greenawalt was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan and subsequently spent part of a summer as an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Mississippi. He served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and was a member of the Due Process Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union. Greenawalt also worked as Deputy U.S. Solicitor General.

Greenawalt’s main interests are in constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, civil disobedience, and criminal responsibility.

CONTACT: Professor Richard Garnett, 574-631-6981, rgarnett@nd.edu