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The Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review will host a one-day symposium:

Antidiscrimination Law and Policy After Hobby Lobby

Friday, March 27, 2015

8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

In her dissenting opinion in last term’s much-discussed Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Justice Ginsburg famously stated, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”  One of the “mines” that she identifies is the prospective impact of the Hobby Lobby on confrontations between religious beliefs and LGBT antidiscrimination measures. For its spring symposium, the Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review has drawn together an exceptional compliment of scholars to explore this evolving landscape.

Hobby Lobby has garnered a great deal of attention from a range of scholarly quarters, but particularly among those interested in LGBT equality/antidiscrimination issues as well as those interested in issues surrounding religious liberty. While the decision itself involved a challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Hobby Lobby may also have the potential to chart a new legal landscape with respect to a wide range of issues involving the intersection of religious liberty and LGBT equality/antidiscrimination measures.  This colloquy will consider these tensions in light of the latest relevant missive from the Supreme Court.

Articles from our symposium scholars will be collected in a subsequent volume of the Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review in the fall of 2015 (Volume 7.1).

Participating Scholars:

Leslie C. Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law, University of Alabama

Andrew M.  Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern University

Ira C. Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law, George Washington University

Elizabeth Sepper, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis

Lunch speaker:

David Dinielli, Deputy Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center