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2013: Religion and the Law


The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor and The Honorable Alexander Sanders Jr., Founder, Charleston School of Law

Law & Society Series

Religion and the Law:
"In Search of a 'Grand Unified Theory:'
Thirty Years with the Endorsement Test"

Monday, April 15, 2013
Charleston Music Hall  

The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (ret.), brought the crowd to their feet as she artfully responded to the day’s discourse on the Establishment Clause, the Endorsement Test, and whether a “grand unified theory” can be applied to matters of law. 

The day-long symposium, hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman, began and ended with comments by Justice O’Connor. Throughout the day, participants looked at pivotal cases in the treatment of religious displays and acts and how the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted their constitutionality under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. 

Video of The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor

The day-long symposium, opened and concluded by Justice O’Connor, looked at the pivotal cases in the treatment of religious displays and acts and how the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted their constitutionality under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Leading legal and judicial experts in church-and-state, the First Amendment, and civil rights participated in panel discussions on religious symbols, public prayer and funding. 

Justice O’Connor was the first female Supreme Court Justice, known for her careful examination of the cases outside of the political implications, and she was often the swing vote in close rulings. She delivered her address to a standing-room-only crowd in the Charleston Music Hall on April 15, 2013. 

To view the program, click here.

 

The Law and Society Series is a joint effort between the Riley Institute at Furman and the Charleston Law Review.  

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