Thursday, April 15, 2010
In anticipation of the oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court next Monday in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a case arising at Hastings Law School, both the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society have held panels discussing the case. Both panels are available for viewing.
The Federalist Society panel, held at the National Press Club yesterday, included discussion by Luke Goodrich, Deputy National Litigation Director, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, The Cato Institute; and Paul M. Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP.
The American Constitution Society panel was held April 7, 2010 and included presentations by James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel, James Madison Center for Free Speech; Member of the Firm, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom; K. Hollyn Hollman, General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty; Ayesha N. Khan, Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and Cliff Sloan, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
The panels provide a good overview of the doctrinal and theoretical arguments. Students reviewing the case for class (or for a possible examination hypothetical) will find the discussions cogent and very accessible.