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Contraception and Conscience: A Symposium on Religious Liberty, Women's Health and the HHS Rule on Provision of Birth Control Coverage for Employees

September 14, 2012 —

WHAT

Contraception and Conscience: A Symposium on Religious Liberty, Women’s Health and the HHS Rule on Provision of Birth Control Coverage for Employees

WHEN

Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE

Georgetown University Law Center
Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

SCHEDULE

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Introduction
William M. Treanor, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center

9:10 – 10:45 a.m.
Panel One: The Legal Challenges to the HHS Contraception Rule

Martin Lederman, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Louise Melling, Deputy Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Melissa Rogers, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Robert Vischer, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Lori Windham, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Panel Two: What Is the Burden on Religious Exercise?
Lisa Sowle Cahill
, Professor, Boston College
Patrick Deneen, Professor, University of Notre Dame
Cathleen Kaveny, Professor, University of Notre Dame
Michael Kessler, Associate Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University
John Langan, S.J., Professor, Georgetown University
Robert Tuttle, Professor, George Washington University Law School

2:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Panel Three: A Broader Focus
Gregg Bloche
, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Tracy Fessenden, Professor, Arizona State University
Eduardo Peñalver, Professor, Cornell University Law School
Robin West, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Robin Fretwell Wilson, Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law

NOTE

The participants will examine the legal, theological, health, equality and ethical issues relating to the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule requiring employers to subsidize preventive health services for employees. They will explore the religious accommodations in the HHS rule and the lawsuits filed by religious objectors challenging the rule. 

This conference is sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University.

Media interested in attending should e-mail mediarelations@law.georgetown.edu.


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