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Annual Interfaith Conference


The role of faith in lawyering presents new and challenging questions to the fields of law and religion which have, until recently, given little consideration to the role that religion can or ought to play in a lawyer's work. Yet in the context of a "crisis of professionalism," lawyers seek ways to find meaning in their work, and many express increasing interest in drawing on religious values as a way of reconciling their personal and professional aspirations and of strengthening their commitment to work for the common good.

Through a series of national conferences, Fordham University School of Law has taken the lead in remedying the dearth of material and discussion on the intersection of religious values and the practice of law.

Following the seminal 1997 and 1998 Religious Lawyering Conferences, the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work continues to sponsor an annual interfaith conference to explore the intersection of religious values and particular areas of legal practice.

Upcoming Conference:

There are no upcoming events listed at this time.

Past Conferences:

 1997  The Relevance of Religion to a Lawyer's Work.
 1998  Rediscovering the Role of Religion in the Lives of Lawyers and Those They Represent.
 2001  Religious Values and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
 2002  Religious Values and Legal Dilemmas in Bioethics.
 2003  Religious Values and Poverty Law.
 2004  Religious Values and Corporate Decision-Making.
 2005  Strangers No Longer: Immigration Law & Policy in the Light of Religious Values.
 2009  The Institute cosponsored the Journal of Law & Religion Symposium on the Global Economic Crisis, Law and the Religious Traditions, which was held on October 14-16, 2009 at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.
 2011  The Spirituality of Unity: A Gift for Our Times
 2012  Why Morality-Free Economic Theory Does Not Work: A Natural Law Perspective in the Wake of the Recent Financial Crisis