‘Catholicism and the Court’ topic of Nov. 10 law journal symposium
For the first time in U.S. history, a Catholic majority sits on the Supreme Court. What accounts for the increase in Catholic justices? Is there a recognizable Catholic jurisprudence? Does religion play a role in judicial decision making?
These questions and others will be considered in the fall symposium of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal, “Catholicism and the Court: The Relevance of Faith Traditions to Jurisprudence,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the university’s School of Law, located at 12th Street and Harmon Place in downtown Minneapolis.
The public is welcome. Registration fees range from $25 to $50 and are due by Friday, Oct. 27. CLE credit is available. Register online.
The symposium’s keynote speaker is Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His address is titled “Must a Faithful Judge be a Faithless Judge?” O’Scannlain will explain conceptions of the law and the judge as understood in the Catholic tradition, discuss conflicts, real and imagined, between the vocation of the Christian and the job of the judge, and offer some personal reflections on ways in which his faith enriches his profession.
O’Scannlain was appointed to the circuit court by President Reagan in 1986. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1957 from St. John’s University, a juris doctorate in 1963 from Harvard Law School and the LL.M. (judicial process) degree in 1992 from the University of Virginia Law School.
Symposium panel discussions and panelists include:
“Why We Have a Catholic-Majority Court”
“Moral Conflicts in the Judge’s Role”
“The Role of Faith in Judging”
For more information about the symposium, call (651) 962-4855 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.