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Friday November 19th, 2010

Government Speech: The Government’s Ability to Compel and Restrict Speech Panel Two – Government Speech and the Establishment Clause


Jessie Hill, Associate Director, Center for Social Justice, Case Western Reserve University School of Law


Caroline Corbin, University of Miami School of Law

Mary Jean Dolan, John Marshall Law School-Chicago

Douglas Laycock, Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law and Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Friday November 19, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Law Review

The 2010-2011 Law Review Symposium will address limits on government speech and the government’s ability to claim speech as its own in both restricting and compelling speech. Panels will examine 1) the intersection between government speech and the establishment clause (with a focus on the implications of Salazar v. Buono); 2) the extent to which the government can control school curricula and restrict the work of law school clinics; 3) the extent to which the government can compel speech by denominating the speech as its own.

Additional Information About Our Guests…

Jessie Hill is a Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Social Justice at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Hill’s teaching focuses on constitutional law, federal civil procedure, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. Her scholarship is published or forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the Texas Law Review, among others. Prior to teaching, Professor Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights, and then practiced First Amendment and civil rights law with a private law firm in Cleveland. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Caroline M. Corbin holds a B.A. from Harvard University (1991) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School (2001). She was a James Kent Scholar while at Columbia Law School, where she also won the Pauline Berman Heller Prize and the James A. Elkins Prize for Constitutional Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. M. Blane Michael of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She then litigated as a pro bono fellow at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia Law School immediately prior to joining the University of Miami faculty. Professor Corbin‘s primary area of research is the First Amendment, and her articles have appeared in the New York University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Boston University Law Review.

Mary Jean Dolan joined the John Marshall Law School faculty in 2007, and teaches Family Law, Religion & Law, and Lawyering Skills. Professor Dolan‘s scholarship has focused on the First Amendment, an area in which she gained expertise by advising and writing laws and policies for the City of Chicago. A recently published law review article expands on an amicus brief she authored for the International Municipal Lawyers‘ Association, which was cited by the United States Supreme Court majority opinion in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum. Prof. Dolan has given numerous presentations on government speech and Religion Clause issues, for both academic and practitioner audiences at national and international conferences. Her articles have appeared in publications including the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the Catholic University Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the National Law Journal, and the Municipal Lawyer.

In addition to her municipal law practice, Prof. Dolan also has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she developed scholarly interest in family law, feminist theory, and legal pedagogy. She clerked for Judge Ilana Rovner (now on the 7th Circuit, then on the U.S. District Court), and was an associate at Mayer Brown in Chicago and an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Douglas Laycock is the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served for 25 years. He has published many articles on religious liberty and other issues of constitutional law, and articles and two books on the law of remedies. His many writings on religious liberty are forthcoming in a four-volume collection from Eerdmans Publishing. Volume I, Overviews and History (2010), has just appeared.

He is an experienced appellate litigator, including in the Supreme Court of the United States, and he has played a key role, in public and behind the scenes, in developing state and federal religious liberty legislation. He has represented clients across the religious and political spectrum, from the National Association of Evangelicals to the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and of The University of Chicago Law School, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Vice President of the American Law Institute. He received the 2009 National First Freedom Award from the Council on America‘s First Freedom.