Upcoming CLE -The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: Neutrality, Religion, or Avoidance?

Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, November 3, 2011
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits Congress from making any law "respecting an establishment of religion". There is no agreement today on the Supreme Court, or in American law generally, as to what that command means. This disarray has led to intractable controversies over such issues as "one Nation under God" and "In God We Trust". Government neutrality toward religion is now challenged by some members of a newly assertive, national religious majority. Conversely, a growing number of nonbelievers, especially among the young, reject even generic references to God. Disappointingly, the Supreme Court has responded to these developments by limiting standing to bring Establishment Clause challenges, rather than by a coherent reinterpretation of the text.

In conjunction with a symposium issue of The Chicago-Kent Law Review, six scholars will explore the future of the Establishment Clause in terms of this contested context at Duquesne University School of Law on November 3, 2011. They will inquire into the possibilities set forth by the three paths open to us into the future of religion in the public square: a new government neutrality, a new relationship of government and religion, and a new understanding of how the Establishment Clause is to be enforced.

Symposium Presenters

  • Bruce Ledewitz, Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Christopher Lund, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • Zachary R. Calo, Associate Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law, and Director of the Jewish Law Institute, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Richard Albert, Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
  • Mark C. Rahdert, Charles Klein Professor of Law & Government, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Continuing Education Credits

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero (0) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

No CLE fee charged for this Symposium


To register, contact Kathy Koehler at 412.396.6282 or koehler@duq.edu

Reminder: Upcoming Annual Wecht Institute Conference: Predators and their Prey

Friday and Saturday
October 21-22, 2011
Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University

Event Web Site: http://www.duq.edu/predators/index.cfm

The conference will convene experts in behavioral science, criminalistics, criminal law, victimology and other related fields to address various topics relating to the investigation and prosecution of violent offenders.

For more information, contact the Institute or visit the Conference Website.

New Pennsylvania Bar Institute Titles

The following Pennsylvania collection materials are now available at DCLI/ACLL. Please visit the accompanying links for more information.

Pennsylvania ethics handbook / Michael L. Temin, Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr., editors; Victoria L. White, associate editor. Mechanicsburg, Pa., KFP76.5.A2 P4 2011  

Identification of the client and the scope of representation; Basic duties owed to the client; Confidentiality; Conflicts of interest; Property held for clients and others and lawyer trust accounts; Fees and billing; The lawyer as advocate; Transactions with persons other than clients; Advertising and solicitation; Organization as client: Rule 1.13; Organizing an ethical law practice; Nonlegal services; Misconduct and reporting obligations under Rule 8.4; An introduction to the disciplinary board; Functioning in the profession.

Pennsylvania family law discovery forms / Carol A. Behers, Robert Raphael. Mechanicsburg, Pa., KFP94.A65 B44 2011  

Interrogatories: matters common to all interrogatories; Interrogatories: divorce and equitable distribution; Interrogatories: support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony; Interrogatories: custody; Interrogatories: miscellaneous; Request for production of documents: matters common to all such requests; Request for production of documents: divorce and equitable distribution; Request for production of documents: support; Request for production of documents: custody; Request for production of documents: retirement plan; Other forms used in connection with discovery matters; Questions to qualify an expert witness; Business-related deposition questions; Questions to challenge conflicting expert witness testimony; Pennsylvania rules of civil procedure relating to discovery.

The intersection of legal and mental health issues in custody cases / Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Mechanicsburg, Pa., KFP104.6.A75 I58 2011  

Presumption of equal physical custody. Pt. 1. Presumption of equal physical custody / Mary H. Burchik; Pt. 2. The psychological effects of shared parenting on children: a brief summary / Marolyn Morford; Alternative considerations in a best interests analysis / Cheryl L. Young; Factors affecting best interest and potential alternatives: mental health perspective / Bruce E. Mapes; Resolution of high conflict cases / Arnold T. Shienvold; Custody evaluation / Maria P. Cognetti; Ethics for lawyers and psychologists. Pt. 1. Ethics for lawyers and psychologists / David N. Hofstein and Scott J.G. Finger; Pt. 2. Ethics for lawyers and psychologists / Steven R. Cohen; Parental alienation / David L. LaPorte, Todd M. Begg, and Katherine L.W. Norton.

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