Touro Law Panel Discussion
On April 9, 2021, Touro Law Center’s Business Law Society, HealthLaw Projects, and the Catholic Law Society sponsored a panel discussion of Business, Religion, and the Pandemic.
The panelists focused on the Supreme Court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York, 529 U.S. ___ (2020), in which the Court struck down a New York State public health regulation establishing capacity limits for places of worship as a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
The panelists discussed the implications of the Court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn going forward – a very topical subject. On the same evening that the panel session occurred, the Court invalidated a California Public Health regulation banning religious gatherings in private homes in Tandon v. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, 593 U.S. ____ (2021), applying the same reasoning that it employed in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.
The panel featured Alex Luchenitser, Esq., Associate Vice President & Associate Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Henry Quillen, Esq. Partner at Whatley Kallas, LLP ; Jorge Roig, Esq., Associate Professor of Law at Touro Law Center; and Dr. John Vile, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. Touro Law Center’s Associate Dean Rodger Citron moderated the discussion.