Faculty: Carlos A. Ball, Rutgers Law School, Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar, Book Author, The First Amendment and LGBT Equality: A Contentious History; Arthur S. Leonard, Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law, New York Law School; Editor, LGBT Law Notes; Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (representative cases include Lead Counsel for NCLR in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez) ; Mary Catherine Roper, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania (through September 2021, representative cases include co-counsel on the ACLU team in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia), Of Counsel, Langer, Grogan & Diver PC, Philadelphia, PA (starting October 2021)
Moderator: Rosa M. Morales, Counsel, Crowell & Moring, LLP
Program Co-sponsors: NYCLA’s Committee on LGBT Issues, The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission, The National LGBTQ+ Organization
Program Co-chairs: Jason Moff and John Vang, Co-chairs, NYCLA's Committee on LGBT Issues
The First Amendment rights of free exercise of religion and free speech have been pillars of the promise of liberty to all Americans. But in recent years, those freedoms have been exploited to erode protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ individuals.
In recent terms, the Supreme Court has considered whether the First Amendment permitted religiously affiliated organizations or shop-owners to discriminate, based on their religious beliefs, against LGBTQ+ individuals. And in the past few weeks, opponents of LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections have filed writs of certiorari before the Supreme Court to expand the ministerial exception for religious employers, arguing that the exception should effectively permit discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in every position, ministerial or otherwise.
Join NYCLA’s LGBTQ Rights Committee for a lively discussion with four panel experts in the field of LGBTQ+ rights and First Amendment jurisprudence. Among the questions to be addressed are:
- Is there a legitimate tension between these two core freedoms?
- Will anti-discrimination provisions be eviscerated by the First Amendment?
- What cases are coming down the pike on these critical issues?
… and much more!!!
Sponsoring Committee/Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission/ LGBTQ+ Bar: $ 25
Non-Attorney (No CLE): FREE
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