How the Federal Courts' Religious Motive Test Violates Religious Liberty

Co-Sponsored with the OC Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society

When: Thursday, September 22, 11:30am (Registration); 12:00am (Lunch)
Where: Knobbe Conference Center, 2nd Floor at 2040 Main St., Irvine, 92614 (949) 760-0404

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Cost: $35 for gourmet box lunch and 1 hour MCLE credit. The Federalist Society is a California Sate Bar approved provider of MCLE. 

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Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies at Baylor University. With his appointment in the Department of Philosophy, he also teaches courses in the Departments of Political Science and Religion as well as the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, where he served as its Associate Director from July 2003 until January 2007. He is also a Resident Scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).

Prof. Beckwith is a graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. LouisIn 2008-09 he served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in Notre Dame's Center for Ethics & Culture. A 2002-03 Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, Professor Beckwith currently serves as a member of Princeton's James Madison Society. He has also held full-time faculty appointments at Trinity International University (1997-2002), Whittier College (1996-97), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1989-96).

His articles have been published in a number of academic journals including Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicySan Diego Law ReviewSynthese; International Philosophical QuarterlyNevada Law JournalPublic Affairs QuarterlyNotre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public PolicyJournal of Law and ReligionAmerican Journal of Jurisprudence; Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly; Chapman Law ReviewJournal of Medicine & Philosophy; Social Theory and Practice; Journal of Law, Medicine, and EthicsJournal of the Evangelical Theological SocietySanta Clara Law Review; Christian BioethicsEthics and Medicine: An International Journal of BioethicsJosephinum Journal of Theology; Journal of Church and StateUniversity of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy; Human Life Review; Journal of Social PhilosophyJournal of Libertarian StudiesJournal of Medical Ethics; and Philosophia Christi.

His books include Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009);Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007); (w/ W. L. Craig, J. P. Moreland) To Every One An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity Press, 2004);Law, Darwinism, and Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); (w/ C. Mosserand P. Owen) The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement (HarperCollins/Zondervan, 2002), finalist for the 2003 Gold Medallion Award in theology and doctrine; Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2/e (Wadsworth, 2002); (w/ G. P. Koukl) Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998); (w/ L. P. Pojman) The Abortion Controversy 25 Years After Roe v. Wade: A Reader, 2/e (Wadsworth, 1998); (w/ T. Jones) Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Reverse Discrimination? (Prometheus, 1997); and Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights (Baker, 1993), winner of the 1994 Cornerstone Magazine ethics book of the year award.

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