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Reconciling Rights: Balancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Civil Rights with First Amendment Religious Protections
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

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This forum will explore historical and current fault lines between nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBT individuals and asserted rights to freedom of conscience and the free exercise of religion. With the recent debate over the civil marriage bill in Maryland, where the scope of exemptions for religious organizations was a central issue, this forum is both timely and important. Speakers with a wide range of viewpoints will offer critical perspectives on the thorny legal, philosophical and political questions raised by these sometimes competing interests, as well as the strong and deeply held convictions on both sides.

Scheduled panelists include:

ANDREW KOPPELMAN, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School

JAMIN RASKIN, Maryland State Senator and Professor of Law and Director, Law and Government Program, American University Washington College of Law

CLIFF SLOAN, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Co-Chair, American Constitution Society, First Amendment Issue Group

SUSAN SOMMER, Senior Counsel and Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal

ROBIN FRETWELL WILSON, Class of 1958 Law Alumni Professor of Law, Washington & Lee School of Law

TOBIAS WOLFF, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

MODERATED BY THE REVEREND JACQUELINE J. LEWIS, PH.D., Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church and Executive Director of the Middle Project

This event is organized by the New York City Bar Association’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee (Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair).