Jan 14, 2013

Stanford Law School Launches One-of-a-Kind Religious Liberty Clinic: January 14, 2013

Image: Stanford Law School Launches One-of-a-Kind Religious Liberty Clinic: January 14, 2013

Made Possible by $1.6M Gift from the Becket Fund

Event: January 14, 2013 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST

Watch the panel discussion on the future of religious liberty here.

Stanford Law School has established the nation’s only religious liberty clinic. The Religious Liberty Clinic will offer participating law students the opportunity to represent clients in disputes arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and customs. The clinic will be housed within Stanford’s Mills Legal Clinic, and is the latest addition to the law school’s distinguished program of clinical legal education. The clinic was made possible, in part, by a generous $1.6M gift from the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The clinic’s founding director is James A. Sonne, an experienced teacher and practitioner with particular expertise in law and religion.

Reporters invited to attend the official launch January 14, 2013, which includes a reception and a panel discussion on the future of religious liberty featuring Jim Sonne; Judge Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; Amardeep Singh, co-founder and director of programs at the Sikh Coalition; Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York, New York. A private dinner will follow, with a keynote speech given by Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor of Law, and professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

What: Stanford Religious Liberty Clinic Inaugural Event with Panel Discussion and Dinner

When: January 14, 2013 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST

Who: See full bios here. 

  • Jim Sonne, Executive Director, Stanford Religious Liberty Clinic;
  • Judge Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit;
  • Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution;
  • Amardeep Singh, co-founder and director of programs at the Sikh Coalition;
  • Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and
  • Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York, New York. A

Location: Stanford Law School room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8610 (Crown building, NOT Neukom building)

RSVP: Because of space constraints and catering, reporters are asked to RSVP directly to the clinic’s legal assistant who is helping coordinate the event: Nikki Riley nriley@law.stanford.edu

For media inquiries about the new clinic, please contact:

Judith Romero
Public Information Officer
Stanford Law School
DESK: 650 723.2232
MOBILE: 650 862.2267
EMAIL: judith.romero@stanford.edu
www.law.stanford.edu/news

Learn more, or attend the January 14th inaugural event, by clicking here. (see PDF Invitation here)