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Monday April 11th, 2011

Theology of Our Establishment Clause

Steven H. Shiffrin, Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Cornell University

Monday April 11, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the William A. Brahms Lecture on Law and Religion presented by the Center for Professional Ethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Constitutional lawyers cannot ably proceed without a deep understanding of the foundations of the Establishment Clause, its internal tensions, and its relationship to the theory of our constitutional democracy. In his lecture, Prof. Shiffrin will seek to develop that understanding in a rich and accessible way.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Steven H. Shiffrin began his law school teaching career at UCLA in 1977, receiving tenure in 1981. He has been a visiting professor of law at Boston University, at Seattle University, at the University of Michigan, and Harvard University. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1987. Professor Shiffrin is the author of Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America, Princeton University Press, 1999, and The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance, Harvard Press, 1990, winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Award. His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, Commonweal, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a coauthor of Constitutional Law, 10th ed., 2006, and The First Amendment, 4th ed., 2006, both of which are widely used casebooks in the field. His newest book, The Religious Left and Church-State Relations, was published by Princeton University Press in the fall of 2009.