2020 Washington University Law Review Symposium

The Religion Clauses

January 24, 2020 at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis

The Washington University Law Review, Washington University School of Law, and John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics hosted a symposium on the Religion Clauses in early 2020. Courts and commentators have long observed that the First Amendment's religion clauses sometimes come into conflict with each other. This event invited scholars to explore the current state of these conflicts and offer insights on the ways in which the other First Amendment rights interact with the religion clauses. This symposium will be memorialized in Volume 97, Issue 6 of the Law Review.




9:15 am: Introduction by Dean Nancy Staudt & Ryan Lundquist of the Law Review

9:20 am: Overview by Professor John Inazu (Washington University School of Law)

9:25 am: Panel One

Moderator: Professor Elizabeth Katz (Washington University School of Law) 

Panelists: Professor Marc DeGirolami (St. Johns University School of Law), First Amendment Traditionalism & Professor Christopher Lund (Wayne State University School of Law), Thornton v. Caldor, Thirty Years On

10:45 am: Panel Two

Moderator: Professor Chad Flanders (St. Louis University School of Law)

Panelists: Professor Stephanie Barclay (BYU School of Law), Untangling Entanglement & Professor Ashutosh Bhagwat (UC Davis School of Law), Establishment Clause Standing After American Legion

12:00 pm: Keynote by Michael McConnell (Stanford Law School), Freedom of Association: Campus Religious Groups

1:45 pm: Panel Three

Moderator: Professor Anna Bialek (Washington University in St. Louis)

Panelists: Gabrielle Girgis (Princeton University), Substantial Burdens under RFRA & Professor Michael Helfand (Pepperdine Univeristy School of Law), At the Crossroads of Religion and Contract: Making Room for Private Law

3:00 pm: Panel Four

Moderator: Professor Dan Epps (Washington University School of Law)

Panelists: Professor Richard Garnett (University of Notre Dame School of Law), "Soft State Power" and the Institutional Dimensions of Religious Freedom & Professor Jessie Hill (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), Reconsidering Hostile Takeover

4:00 pm: Closing Remarks by Professor John Inazu (Washington University School of Law)