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Legislative Prayer, Tradition, and the Establishment Clause
By Robert Thomas @ 5:22 AM :: 5982 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

CLE Of Interest: "Legislative Prayer, Tradition, and the Establishment Clause"

by Robert Thomas, InverseCondemnation May 19, 2014

We're straying outside the usual subjects of this blog (but not that far, since we also do a lot of work related to municipal governments and constitutional law).

Our "home" in the American Bar Association is the Section of State & Local Government Law (we're Chair of the Section's Eminent Domain Law group), has put together a webinar about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway that may be of interest to. Here’s a description of the program:

"To pray or not to pray?" That was the question in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case in which a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court held that town council meetings could open with a prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. This program, featuring a panel of nationally-recognized expert practitioners and scholars, will take a first look at the various opinions issued by the Court (Justice Kennedy authored the majority opinion, while four other Justices penned separate concurring or dissenting opinions) and what this decision may mean for the future. The case generated intense interest, with no less than 44 amicus briefs filed in support of the parties, and this program will view the decision from a variety of perspectives.

Eric Rassbach (Deputy Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty), Mark Burkland (Holland & Knight), and Walter Olson (Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute) will present their thoughts on the issues. Patricia Salkin, Dean and Professor of Law at Touro Law Center, will serve as moderator. 

The program is scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET. Learn more about the program here, including how to register. 

For more background on the case, check out the blog posts by our colleagues Evan Seeman and Dwight Merriam at the RLUIPA Defense blog:



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