Contemporary Religious Liberty Claims: Free Exercise or License to Discriminate

Monday, April 15th, 2019 @ 6:00pm to 8:00pm
New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Apr 15
Monday, April 15th, 2019 @ 6:00pm to 8:00pm
New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Contemporary Religious Liberty Claims: Free Exercise or License to Discriminate?

New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Monday, April 15, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Registration Required:  https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=LGBT041519
Program Fee: Free to NYC Bar members and non-lawyers, $15 non-members
Non-Lawyers please call Customer Relations to Register at (212) 382-6663

Description:

Experts will discuss legal and policy issues relating to the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and exemptions or accommodations to non-discrimination laws on the basis of freedom of speech and/or free exercise of religion. Topics will include the scope of free exercise in the public sphere; under what circumstances otherwise neutral laws conflict with free speech and/or free exercise; when is a judicial exemption or legislative accommodation appropriate and what factors militate in favor or against such requests; and what limits are imposed by the Establishment Clause on the granting of exemptions or accommodations. The program will cover the current state of the law and recent developments, including the Trump administration’s recent establishment of a Religious Liberty Task Force and the issuance of guidance on the treatment of religious liberty claims across the federal government.

Opening Remarks:  

  • Sheila S. Boston, Partner, Arnold & Porter

Panel:

  • Ezra Cukor, Supervising Attorney, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project
  • Katherine Franke, Professor and Faculty Director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, Columbia Law School 
  • Nelson Tebbe, Professor, Cornell Law School

Moderator:

  • Elizabeth Sepper, Professor, Princeton/Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Sponsoring Association Committee:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Rights Committee, Noah Lewis, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:

  • Children and Law Committee, Sara L. Hiltzik, Chair
  • Education and the Law Committee, Laura D. Barbieri, Chair
  • Family Court & Family Law Committee, Glenn Metsch-Ampel, Chair 
  • Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Victoria F. Neilson, Chair 
  • International Human Rights Committee, Lauren Melkus, Chair
  • Sex & Law Committee, Mirah E. Curzer & Melissa S. Lee Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organization:

  • City Bar Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director
Contact Info: 
For questions, contact Sean Madden at the New York City Bar Association, at [email protected] or 917.679.5392.
Event RSVP: 

RSVP Required via the New York City Bar Association: https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=LGBT041519