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The Future of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses in the Roberts Court

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Nelson Tebbe, Professor of Law
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You are cordially invited to a Cornell Law School virtual presentation.
“The Future of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses in the Roberts Court”
The Supreme Court is currently considering cases that could rework law on both the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment. Regarding free exercise, the Court has granted certiorari in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which asks the Justices to reconsider the main precedent governing religious exemptions from general laws. There, Catholic Social Services seeks an exemption from Philadelphia’s general rule that child placement agencies cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The current rule disallows religious exemptions from general laws, but the petition for certiorari questions that rule. Regarding the Establishment Clause, the Court has already heard oral argument in Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. The question there is whether a state is required to include religious schools in a school choice program that funnels tax dollars to private schools. Both cases raise fundamental questions about the future of the constitutional law governing “church and state” in America.
Nelson Tebbe

Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Virtual Presentation

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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Registration deadline is Monday, June 8.
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