Trinity Lutheran and the Future of Public Funding for Religious Entities: A Conversation with Richard Garnett and Andrew Koppelman

Nov 20, 2017
Jenner & Block, 45th Floor
353 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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  • Andrew Koppelman and Rick Garnett - Trinity Lutheran and the Future of Public Funding for Religious Entities

Cosponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Christian Legal Society, the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, the Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society, and Jenner & Block Chicago.

Should a religious institution be denied public funding solely because it is owned and operated by a religious entity? The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer decided that the state of Missouri violated the Free Exercise Clause by disqualifying a religious school from a state program. In this conversation, law scholars Richard Garnett and Andrew Koppelman will discuss the reasoning employed by the majority, the concurring justices, and the dissent; the place of Trinity Lutheran within broader public funding jurisprudence; and the implications of Trinity Lutheran for provisions under various state constitutions that bar all public funding for religious education and religious schools. Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, will moderate the discussion.


5:00pm            Registration
5:30pm            Introductions
5:40pm            Conversation
6:30pm            Audience Q&A
6:45pm            Reception
7:30pm            Close

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