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May 25

Religious Liberty CLE to be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

Published on: Friday, May 25, 2012

On Thursday, June 28 the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Catholic Conference will hold a CLE, “Religious Liberty, Conscience Rights, and Participation of Faith Communities in the Public Square”.  The event, a day-long program begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.  The conference will focus on exploring the protections afforded religious liberty by the law.  Many of these topics will be at the forefront of public debate in coming months as the fall election season looms.

‎University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Teresa Collett, who has been instrumental in organizing the event, explained that the conference was developed in response to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ call to join in protecting religious freedom which they called “our first, most cherished liberty.”  A number of speakers will tackle topics related to religious liberty including former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Eric Magnuson speaking on constitutional principles of religious liberty.  Panels and individuals will cover other current hot topics including a panel of professors from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Professor Collett and Father Reginald Whitt will discuss the religious liberty issues related to the Health and Human Services mandates including contraception.  One of the nation’s leading trial attorneys, Roger Magnuson, who serves as a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney, will discuss religious liberty issues when government seeks control over religious organizations’ activities, which, in some cases prevent religious organizations from providing critical services in areas such as work with human trafficking victims.  Of particular interest to attorneys will be University of Minnesota Law Professor Richard Painter’s discussion of the professional regulations regarding lawyer’s speech and political activities.  A full list of speakers and a schedule can be found below.

The event has been approved for 6.75 hours of general CLE credit, 2.0 hours of elimination of bias credit, and 1 hour of ethics credit.  The cost of the event is $20 for those attending who do not wish to obtain the CLE credits and $75 for those seeking CLE credit.  Registration information can be found here.

 

Religious Liberty, Conscience Rights, and Participation of Faith Communities in the Public Square
June 28, 2012
A Continuing Legal Education Program
Sponsored by the Prolife Center at UST and the Minnesota Catholic Conference
(MN CLE Course #168110) 

Tentative Program

8:30     Welcome by Program Moderator, William Lemire, Shareholder at Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.

8:45     Law and Creation of the Naked Public Square (0.5 general CLE),  Jason Adkins, Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference

9:15     Teachings of the Catholic Church on conscience, religious liberty, and the duties of citizenship (1.0 general CLE), Rev. Daniel Griffith, Faculty Fellow of Law, University of St. Thomas Law School

10:15   Break

10:30   Legal limits on political activities by religious organizations (0.5 general CLE), Andy Eisenzimmer, Chancellor for Civil Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis

11:00   Constitutional principles of religious liberty, free speech, and privacy (1.0 general CLE), Eric Magnuson, Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan, P.A.    

 Noon – Mass (Father Whitt, Celebrant) and Lunch Break

1:00     Professional regulation of lawyers' speech, political activities, and controversial representation (1.0 hours of ethics), Richard W. Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota

2:00     Religious liberty issues arising from the HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, and exclusion of Catholic organizations from government licensed or contracted social services. (1.0 hour of elimination of bias and 0.5 general    CLE), Teresa S. Collett, Professor of Law and Director of the Prolife Center at UST, Michael S. Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas (invited), Rev. Reginald Whitt. Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas (invited)

3:30     Break

3:45     Religious liberty issues when government seeks control over religious organizations’ structure, leadership, pastoral care, and denies access to public properties. (1.0 hour of elimination of bias and 0.25 general CLE), Roger Magnuson, Partner at Dorsey & Whitney

5:00 Conclusion

FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES

Confirmed Speakers

Jason Adkins, Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference. He has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference since March 2011. Prior to his advocacy work for the Church, Jason was an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm. Jason has clerked for both state and federal appellate judges, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

Teresa Collett, Professor of Law and Director of the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  Professor Collett teaches course in property, bioethics, human sexuality, and constitutional litigation at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  She currently serves as special Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma defending that state’s law requiring ultrasounds prior to performance of abortions.  She has represented numerous public officials in federal and state courts on issues involving the constitutionality of laws related to abortion.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Andy Eisenzimmer, Chancellor for Civil Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis. He serves as the Archbishop's attorney and represents the Archdiocese in civil legal matters, and offers legal (civil) advice to the diocesan bishop and parishes on a variety of issues from property law to employment law. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law

Rev. Daniel Griffith, Faculty Fellow of Law and Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis (effective July 1, 2012). He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2002. In January of 2012, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt appointed Father Griffith to the Faculty of the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he currently serves the Law School community as a Faculty Fellow of Law and as a Fellow in the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy. As a lawyer, Griffith has represented clients pro bono in the areas of Immigration Law and Criminal Law. Griffith has taught as an adjunct professor at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity and as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

William Lemire, Shareholder at Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, trials, and arbitrations. He has tried or litigated multimillion-dollar cases around the country. He has obtained numerous summary judgments and nominal settlement resolutions for product manufacturers. He is often invited to speak on litigation topics including Daubert/expert testimony exclusion, and the unconditional need for honor and civility in the adversarial process.

Eric Magnuson, Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. After serving as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 2008 to 2010, he rejoined Briggs’ Business Litigation Section, and is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He is the author of West Publishing’s Minnesota Practice: Appellate Rules Annotated, Minnesota CLE’s Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, and Matthew Bender’s The Art of Advocacy: Appeals. He is the founding president of the 8th Circuit Bar Association, a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a longtime member of the American Bar Association, serving as co-chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Section on Litigation and in the same capacity for the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Roger Magnuson, Partner at Dorsey & Whitney. He leads the National Strategic Litigation Group and is a partner in the trial group, representing clients throughout the United States and abroad in high-profile litigation spanning a wide variety of substantive areas, including First Amendment litigation. He has been recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States by major national and international publications, including Chambers International Guide to American Lawyers, which calls his skills "unparalleled," the LawDragon 500, which profiles the top 500 trial lawyers in the United States, and Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.

Richard W. Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota. Coauthor of Professional and Personal Responsibilities of the Lawyer (with Judge John T. Noonan Jr.; Foundation 1997; 3rd Edition, 2011). From February 2005 to July 2007, Professor Painter was Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel's office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the President, White House employees and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the Executive Branch. He is a member of the American Law Institute and active in the Professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association. He is also an advisor for the American Law Institute Government Ethics Project.

Invited Speakers

Michael S. Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas. After graduation from law school, Professor Paulsen joined the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division Honors Program, and has also served as staff counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. and as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel. He is among the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, and his publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others.

Rev. Reginald Whitt, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas.  Father Whitt Tomas.TThomasTe served as president of the pontifical faculty at the Dominican House of Studies in 2003 until 2007.  Known for his research in African-American Catholic concerns, his 1990 article, "Not Rite Now: An African American Church?" won first prize among original works from the Catholic Press Association.  His research interests embrace the ministry of the bishops, liturgical law, Catholic colleges and universities, and ecclesiastical structures, property and governance.

Approved for 6.75 hours general CLE credit, 2.0 hours elimination of bias credit, 1 hour ethics credit.

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