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September 2009: Religious Freedom in Turkey: The Case of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

George Demacopoulos, Fordham University Associate Professor of Theology, Co-Founding Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Program
Emanuel Demos, Esq., General Counsel, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Ruti G. Teitel, New York Law School, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, Human Rights Watch, Europe, Steering Committee

  • European Court of Justice, Re:  Ecumenical Patriarchate v. Turkey, Judgment, Strasbourg, 8 July 2008
  • Yale Law School, The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Turkey's Compliance with Its Obligations to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Orthodox Christian Minority, Summary, February 3, 2005
  • Ruti Teitel, Militating Democracy: Comparative Constitutional Perspective, 29 Michigan Journal of International Law 49-70 (2007)

June 2006: Religious Freedom and the Roberts Court

Professor Melissa Rogers, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University

Supplemental Reading:

  • Douglas Laycock, How to be Religiously Neutral, Legal Times (July 4, 2005)
  • Excerpts from Mitchell v. Helms, 530 U.S. 793 (2000)

May 2005: Faith, Morals and the Rule of Law

Professor William J. Stuntz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
Professor David A. Skeel, The S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Supplemental Reading:

  • David A. Skeel and William J. Stuntz, Christianity and the (Modest) Rule of Law, U. Penn. J. Const. L. (forthcoming)

October 2004: Doing the Lord's Work: Christian Life in the Trade of Commercial Litigation

Roger G. Brooks, Esq., Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Topics of discussion included Christian perspectives on integrity in the context of litigation, the legitimacy of spending time and energy on monetary disputes, and the allocation of one's time between work, familiy, church and respite.

Supplemental Reading:

  • Amelia J. Uelmen, Can a Religious Person Be a Big Firm Litigator? 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1069-1110 (1999)

May 2004: Community of Christian Lawyers: Reflections on the Role of Community in Integrating Faith and Practice

Peter Rathbun, Esq., General Counsel, American Bible Society

Supplemental Reading:

  • Robert N. Bellah, Community Properly Understood: A Defense of "Democratic Communitarianism" in The Essential Communitarian Reader (ed. Amitai Etzioni)(1996)
  • Ted Dotts, The Profession of Religion and Law, 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1195 (1999)
  • Amitai Etzioni, Intro: A Matter of Balance, Rights and Responsibilities in The Essential Communitarian Reader
  • James L. Nolan, To Engage in Civil Practice as a Religious Lawyer, 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1111 (1999)
  • Stephen P. Wink, A Plumber's Guide to Lawyering, 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1175 (1999)

November 2003: The Community and the Christian Lawyer

Professor Robert K. Vischer, St. John's University School of Law

Supplemental Reading:

  • Excerpts from Joseph Allegretti, The Lawyer's Calling: Christian Faith and Legal Practice (1996)
  • Amelia J. Uelmen, Can a Religious Person Be a Big Firm Litigator?, 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1069 (1999)