The annual Conference on Religious Legal Theory (RLT) is designed to bring together national scholars to explore ways in which religious thought might help illuminate law and legal theory. The conference addresses a wide range of substantive, conceptual and philosophical areas of law. The inaugural RLT Conference was held in 2009 at Seton Hall Law School, and it has since been hosted at St. John's University School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law.  This year's conference will be held at Touro Law Center, with the theme: "Religious Legal Theory - Expanding the Conversation."  Topics will include: Religion and the Practice of Law, Media Perspectives on Law and Religion, Religion and the Laws of War, among others.
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    • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Jewish Law Institute Spring 2013 Distinguished Lecture
      • Oren Gross, Nomura Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; Irving Younger Professor of Law and Director for International Legal & Security Studies, University of Minnesota Law School
        "Violating Divine Law: Emergency Measures in Jewish Law"
    • 5:30  - 7:00 p.m.  - Touro Law Center Judaica Collection – 30th Anniversary Celebration and Cocktail Reception
    • 7:00 -  8:30 p.m. Religious Legal Theory Conference – Welcome Dinner
      • Patricia E. Salkin, Dean and Professor of Law, Touro Law Center

      • Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute, Touro Law Center

    • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. - Keynote Speaker, Kent Greenawalt, University Professor, Columbia Law School
    • 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. - Religion and the Practice of Law
      • Lawrence Raful, Professor of Law and Former Dean, Touro Law Center (Moderator)

      • Deborah Cantrell, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, Colorado Law

      • Bruce Green, Louis Stein Professor; Director, Stein Center for Ethics, Fordham Law School

      • Greg Kalscheur, S.J., Associate Professor of Law; Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Planning    and Faculty Development, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

      • Mary Szto, Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University

    • 11:15 - 12:15 p.m. - Robert Cover and Religious Legal Theory
      • Stephen Wizner, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law, Supervising Attorney,    and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School  (moderator)

      •  Perry Dane, Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law

      • Ronald Garet, Carolyn Craig Franklin Chair in Law and Religion, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

      • Avi Soifer, Dean; Professor of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law

    • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Lunch
      • Keynote Speaker, Marie Failinger, Professor of Law; Editor, Journal of Law and Religion, Hamline University Law School 
    • 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. - Media Perspectives on Law and Religion
      • Cliff Richner, Esq., Vice President and Publisher, Richner Communications, Inc. (moderator)

      • Howard Friedman, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Toledo Law School

      • Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

      • Rusty Reno, Editor, First Things

      • Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter

    • 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. - International Perspectives on Law and Religion
      • Brett Scharffs, Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law; Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law (moderator)
      • Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
      • Ana Renata Dias, Director, Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work, Fordham University Law School
      • Claudia Haupt, Associate-in-Law, Columbia Law School
    • 6:30  - 9:00 p.m. - Dinner

      • Keynote Speaker, Geoffrey Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law; Director, Center for Financial Institutions, New York University Law School

    • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. - Religious Legal Theory and Perspectives of “Others”
      • Mark Movsesian, Frederick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law and the Director of the Center for Law and Religion, St. John’s University (moderator/commentator)

      • David Friedman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law School

      • Randy Lee, Professor of Law, Widener Law School

      • Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies; Assistant Professor of Law;  Affiliated Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and History; Vanderbilt Law School

    • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Religion and the Laws of War
      • Angela Carmella, Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School (moderator)

      • Rabbi Shalom Carmy, Assistant Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Bible, Yeshiva University

      • Graham McAleer, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University, Maryland

      • Lena Salaymeh, Robbins Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley School of Law

    • 11:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Philosophical and Political Perspectives on Religious Legal Theory
      • Marc DeGirolami, Associate Professor of Law Associate Director, Center for Law and Religion, St. John’s University (moderator)

      • Fuat Gursozlu, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University, Maryland

      • Cathleen Kaveny, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

      • Kevin Lee, Professor of Law, Campbell University, Normal Adrian Wiggins School of Law

      • Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, Director, Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University; Associate Rabbi, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun

    •  1:00 – 2:30 – Lunch and Closing Reception

      • Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute, Touro Law Center

About Touro Law

Touro Law Center was established in 1980 as part of Touro College, a private, not-for-profit, coeducational institution based in New York City. Founded under Jewish auspices by its President, Dr. Bernard Lander, the College was chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1970.  here here.

Registration Information

There is a $100 conference registration fee, which includes meals (Kosher dietary laws observed). For information on registration, please contact Jaclyn Curtin at (631) 761-7064 or email events@tourolaw.edu.

Hotel Accommodations

We have a room block set up with the Residence Inn by Marriott Long Island Hauppauge/Islandia for the nights of April 10th and 11th.

At this time, you may call 800.331.3131 and reference the Touro Law School Room Block at the Residence Inn by Marriott Long Island Hauppauge/Islandia to make reservations at the group rate ($149 per night).  You may also book directly online by using the link below.
The Hotel’s address is as follows:
Residence Inn by Marriot Long Island Hauppauge/Islandia
850 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Hauppauge, NY 11788

**Please note that if you are looking to book your room online and you attempt to make your reservation to check in prior to April 10th, or choose to stay beyond April 12th, the system will respond that there are no rooms available. 

Just a reminder, the cutoff date for the block is March 20th.   Please make your reservations prior to that date.

For Additional Information

For additional information about the conference, please contact Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute at (631) 761-7138 or email slevine@tourolaw.edu.

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