Alumni Short

Cornell Law School New Jersey Alumni Reception

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Summit, NJ
Alumni Affairs

You are cordially invited to the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Annual New Jersey Reception
“The Bladensburg Cross and the Future of the Establishment Clause”
In February 2019, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case concerning the Bladensburg cross, a war memorial shaped like a forty-foot Latin cross. Does the cross convey government endorsement of Christianity or just commemoration of fallen veterans? In the course of answering that question, the Supreme Court may well remake Establishment Clause law in ways that affect not just other religious symbols, but public funding for religious organizations as well. In his presentation, Professor Tebbe will take the case as an occasion to review the past, present, and future of the separation of church and state in America.
He will also give a brief update on the new First Amendment clinic at the law school.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Reception to include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, open bar.
Remarks at 7:00 PM.
Beacon Hill Club
Main Dining Room
250 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Cost: $20 per person
Please register here or via phone by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251
by Wednesday, April 24.
See Who's Coming

Nelson Tebbe
Professor of Law

Nelson Tebbe is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Professor Tebbe works on constitutional law, political theory, and the academic study of religion—in particular, he writes about the relationship between the First Amendment and democratic government. He teaches courses on constitutional law, religious freedom, and freedom of speech.
Professor Tebbe is co-organizer of the Annual Law and Religion Roundtable and a member of the executive committee of the AALS Section on Law and Religion. Trained in the academic study of religion as well as law, Tebbe serves on the Board of Consultants of the Journal of Religion, which is peer edited and published at the University of Chicago. He also sits on the Board of Faculty Editors for the Humanities in Law Book Series, published by Cornell University Press.
Before teaching, Tebbe clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law at the American Civil Liberties Union and at Davis Polk & Wardwell. After college, he was a Fulbright Scholar studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Professor Tebbe also holds a Ph.D. with distinction in the academic study of religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School.