Free Exercise Speaker Series

As part of Yale Law School’s Free Exercise Clinic, the Free Exercise Speaker Series is an inter-law school workshop, with students and faculty from the Yale Law School’s Free Exercise Clinic, the Harvard Religious Freedom Clinic, the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Clinic, the Pepperdine Religious Liberty Clinic, the Stanford Religious Liberty Clinic, the St. Thomas Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic, and the Texas Law and Religion Clinic participating. Speakers will present classic and forthcoming articles, affording participants a broad community in which to engage and debate the most timeless and pressing questions implicating the free exercise of religion.

Spring 2024 Schedule

February 2, 2024


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Nathan Chapman
Pope F. Brock Associate Professor of Professional Responsibility
University of Georgia School of Law
The Case for the Current Free Exercise Regime

February 9, 2024


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Jim Oleske
Professor of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School
Free Exercise Uncertainty: Original Meaning, History and Tradition, Nuanced Doctrine, or None of the Above?

February 16, 2024


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Asma Uddin
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Catholic University of America
The Social Psychology of Religious Liberty Depolarization

March 1, 2024


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Amy Sepinwall
Associate Professor, The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Confusions in Compelled Speech

April 5, 2024


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Zalman Rothschild
Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow, Lecturer in Law
University of Chicago School of Law
The Impossibility of Religious Equality

April 12, 2024


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Lael Weinberger
The Limits of Church Autonomy

 Spring 2023 Schedule

February 10, 2023

John Inazu

John Inazu
Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion
Washington University School of Law
First Amendment Scrutiny: Realigning First Amendment Doctrine Around Government Interests

February 17, 2023

Mark Storslee

Mark Storslee
Assistant Professor of Law
Penn State Law
The COVID-19 Church-Closure Cases and the Free Exercise of Religion

February 24, 2023

Jessie Hill

Jessie Hill
Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Religious Nondelegation

March 3, 2023

Laura Portuondo

Laura Portuondo
Fellow with the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice
Yale Law School
Effecting Free Exercise and Equal Protection

March 31, 2023

Andy Koppelman

Andrew Koppelman
John Paul Stevens Professor of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
The Increasingly Dangerous Variants of the “Most-Favored-Nation” Theory of Religious Liberty

April 14, 2023

Paul Horwitz

Paul Horwitz
Gordon Rosen Professor of Law
University of Alabama School of Law
Against Martyrdom: A Liberal Argument for Accommodation of Religion

January 28, 2022:

William N. Eskridge, Jr.

William Eskridge: The Golden Rule

February 11, 2022:

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Nicole Garnett & Pat Reidy: Religious Covenants

February 25, 2022:

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Christopher Lund: Religious Minorities in the Free Exercise Revolution

March 4, 2022:

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Nelson Tebbe: The Principle and Politics of Liberty of Conscience

April 1, 2022:

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Elizabeth Sepper: Free Exercise Lochnerism

April 8, 2022:

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Sherif Girgis: Defining “Substantial Burdens” on Religion and Other Liberties

Spring 2021 Schedule

February 12, 2021: Douglas NeJaime and Reva Siegel

Douglas NeJaime and Reva Siegel, Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics, 124 Yale L.J. 2516 (2015)

February 26, 2021:

Michael McConnell: The Origins and Historical Understanding of Free Exercise of Religion, 103 Harv. L. Rev. 1409 (1989)

March 12, 2021:

Stephanie Barclay: An Economic Approach to Exemptions, 71 Fla. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020)

March 26, 2021:

Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman: Against Religious Institutionalism, 99 Va. L. Rev. 917 (2013)

April 9, 2021:

Douglas Laycock: The Remnants of Free Exercise, 1990 SUP. CT. REV. 1, 4

April 23, 2021:

Netta Barak-Corren: Religious Exemptions Increase Discrimination Towards Same-sex Couples: Evidence from Masterpiece Cakeshop, 50 J. of Legal Stud. (forthcoming 2021)

May 7, 2021:

Richard Garnett: Freedom of the Church: (Toward) an Exposition, Translation and Defense, in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders, and Zoe Robinson, eds., Oxford University Press, 2015)