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Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs has received a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support the interdisciplinary study of religious...

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PROJECT LEADERS

Thomas FarrThomas Farr

Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate...

Timothy ShahTimothy Shah

Timothy Samuel Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and...

ASSOCIATE SCHOLARS

Ilan AlonIlan Alon

Ilan Alon is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business and director of the China Center at Rollins College, specializing...

Anthony GillAnthony Gill

Anthony (Tony) Gill is a professor of political science and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Washington, a distinguished senior...

Brian GrimBrian Grim

Brian J. Grim is president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and a leading expert on the socioeconomic impact of restrictions on...

Allen HertzkeAllen Hertzke

Allen Hertzke is Presidential Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma and faculty fellow in Religious Freedom for OU’s...

William InbodenWilliam Inboden

William Inboden is associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and executive director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and...

Karrie KoeselKarrie Koesel

Karrie J. Koesel is assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and an associate scholar with the Berkley Center's...

Timur KuranTimur Kuran

Timur Kuran is professor of economics and political science and Gorter Family Professor in Islamic Studies at Duke University, as well as an...

John M. OwenJohn M. Owen

John M. Owen IV is the Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics and faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies...

Daniel PhilpottDaniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott, a professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for Peace Studies and an associate scholar with...

Ani SarkissianAni Sarkissian

Ani Sarkissian is an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University (MSU) and an associate scholar with the Berkley Center's...

Rebecca ShahRebecca Shah

Rebecca Samuel Shah is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and an associate scholar with the Berkley...

W. Bradford WilcoxW. Bradford Wilcox

W. Bradford Wilcox is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, as well...

Robert WoodberryRobert Woodberry

Robert Woodberry is an associate professor of Political Science and director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change at the National...

PROJECT STAFF

Nicholas FedykNicholas Fedyk

Nicholas Fedyk joined the Berkley Center in June 2014 as a project associate with the Religious Freedom Project. He graduated from Georgetown's...

Claudia WinklerClaudia Winkler

Claudia Winkler joined the Berkley Center in February 2014 as a project associate with the Religious Freedom Project. Before joining the center,...
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March 24, 2014

Everybody's Business: The Legal, Economic, and Political Implications of Religious Freedom

Is religious freedom good for business? Can religious liberty aid economic development, or help reduce poverty? What are the limits of religious freedom? Under the law, are for-profit businesses entitled to the exercise of that right in the United States? Does the HHS contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act restrict the religious freedom of businesses? What are the legal, economic, and political implications of the answer to that question?

On March 24, the day before Supreme Court oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs co-sponsored a half-day conference on these and related questions. The conference announced a new partnership between the Religious Freedom Project and Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, the co-sponsor of the event. The conference began with an “On Topic” keynote conversation between Baylor University President and Chancellor, Judge Ken Starr, and Harvard University Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz. Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker reported on the "On Topic" conversation for the Washington Post.
Agenda

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. | Buffet Lunch

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. | "On Topic" with Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz: "Beyond Hobby Lobby: What Is at Stake with the HHS Contraceptive Mandate?"

Ken Starr, Baylor University
Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. | Break

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Panel 1: "Entering Hobby Lobby: The Case and Its Implications for Religious Freedom and Business"

Helen Alvare, George Mason University Law School
Kyle Duncan, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Michael Kessler (moderator), Berkley Center
Ira Lupu, George Washington University Law School
Micah Schwartzman, University of Virginia Law School

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. | Break

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Panel 2: "Is Religious Freedom Good for Business and for the Poor?"

Anthony Gill, University of Washington-Seattle
Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
Byron Johnson (moderator), Baylor University
Rebecca Samuel Shah, Religious Freedom Project
Sr. Deirdre Byrne, Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts

Featuring

Ken Starr

Ken Starr

Judge Ken Starr is the president of Baylor University, a position he has held since 2010. He also holds the Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law and is a member of the faculty at Baylor Law School. Starr has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including 25 cases during his service as solicitor general of the United States. Starr was appointed to serve as independent counsel for five investigations. He is the author of more than 25 publications including, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life (2002). Starr earned his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968, M.A. from Brown University in 1969, and J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1973. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the US Supreme Court. Judge Starr is also a part of the Christianity and Freedom Project headed by the Berkley Center's Religious Freedom Project.

Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, Dershowitz joined the faculty of Harvard Law School at age 25. His research interests include civil rights and civil liberties, trial practice, and comparative and foreign law. He has published more than 1,000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, and blogs such as the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Huffington Post, Newsmax, Jerusalem Post, and Ha’aretz. Dershowitz has authored 30 works, both fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah. He has also been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights; a fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences; and several Dean’s Awards for his books.

Participants

Helen Alvaré

Helen Alvaré

Helen M. Alvaré is a professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law where she researches and writes about family law and the intersection of family law and religion. As a practicing lawyer, Alvaré specialized in commercial...
Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne

Sister Deirdre Byrne is a fully professed religious sister with Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, an Italian order of sisters founded in 1894. Prior to joining the order, Sister Byrne attended Georgetown University Medical School and then...
Kyle Duncan

Kyle Duncan

Kyle Duncan was formerly general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he was lead counsel representing Hobby Lobby Stores in its challenge to the HHS mandate. He is now a lawyer in private practice for the firm of Duncan PLLC in...
Anthony Gill

Anthony Gill

Anthony (Tony) Gill is a professor of political science and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Washington, a distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and an associate scholar with the...
Brian Grim

Brian Grim

Brian J. Grim is president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and a leading expert on the socioeconomic impact of restrictions on religious freedom and international religious demography. He is an associate scholar with the Berkley...
Byron Johnson

Byron Johnson

Byron Johnson is the director of Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences there. Johnson is a leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of faith-based...
Michael Kessler

Michael Kessler

Michael Kessler is managing director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, a visiting assistant professor of Government, and an adjunct professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center. He works...
Ira Lupu

Ira Lupu

Ira C. Lupu is the F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law Emeritus at the George Washington University Law School, which he joined in 1990. Lupu’s research focuses on constitutional law, with an emphasis in his writings on the religion...
Micah J. Schwartzman

Micah J. Schwartzman

Micah J. Schwartzman is the Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Schwartzman’s research focuses on issues of law and religion, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. His recent work has been published in...
Rebecca Shah

Rebecca Shah

Rebecca Samuel Shah is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and an associate scholar with the Berkley Center's Religious Freedom Project. Shah is the project leader of a research initiative on religion,...