Touro Law to Host the Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools

Leading Scholars, Judges, Attorneys will Examine Religion in the Law School, the University and the Practice of Law from May 2-4 at Touro Law

April 11, 2012

Touro Law Center will host the Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools from May 2 – 4, 2012, which will examine a number of important questions related to the place of religion in law schools, universities, and the practice of law.

Leading scholars from across the country, representing a wide range of universities and religious traditions, will gather together with nationally renowned judges and lawyers, to examine important issues and foster discussion about the place of religion in the law school, the university, and the practice of law. Sessions at the conference will explore these questions from a variety of perspectives, as speakers will include university presidents, prominent prosecutors and judges, and law professors. Specific topics of discussion will include, among others: the relationship between the religiously affiliated law school and the university; bringing religion into the classroom; law and religion programs and institutes; and the role of religion in the work of public interest lawyers. Along with the formal conference proceedings, there will be time for informal discussions among participants, on these and other issues of common interest.

The conference will begin in the evening on Wednesday, May 2, with presentations by University Presidents, and run through early afternoon on Friday, May 4. The Friday morning panel will be eligible for CLE Ethics credits for attorneys.

A Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday evening at the Alfonse M. D’Amato United States Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York with a keynote address by the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A luncheon on Thursday will feature a keynote address by Nathan Lewin, who has argued 28 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including many landmark cases protecting religious liberties.

“This conference will be of considerable interest to anyone who wishes to examine the role of religion in law, higher education, and society,” said Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute at Touro Law Center. “We are looking forward to a meaningful and thought provoking event.”

The Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools is held every two years, and in the past has been held at: Marquette, Regent, St. John's, Pepperdine, Notre Dame, Baylor, Boston College, and Brigham Young University. This year will mark the first time the conference is held at a school with a Jewish affiliation.

For more information on the conference, please contact Professor Samuel Levine at (631) 761-7138 or by email The full conference schedule and registration materials are available at the Law Center website:

For information on CLE, please contact Barbara Hakimi at (631) 761-7005.

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris, and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide as separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:
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