Invitation to Howard Law colloquy by Prof. Leslie Griffin on the ministerial exception

Steven Jamar stevenjamar at
Sat Oct 22 04:46:03 PDT 2011

My apologies of the cross posting.

Prof. Leslie Griffin will be presenting at a colloquy at Howard University School of Law on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 in the Murray Conference Room from 12:15-1:30.  Light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Monday.

The topic is the ministerial exception case currently before the Supreme Court,  Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Prof. Griffin is describes her paper this way:  

"The ministerial exception prohibits most employment-related lawsuits against religious organizations, including age, disability, gender, national origin, race, retaliation and sexual orientation discrimination claims as well as equal pay, breach of contract and state tort violations. My paper re-examines those cases, explains how they could have been litigated without violating the First Amendment, and argues for the abolition of the ministerial exception. I posted a short version of this argument on the American Constitution Society’s blog soon after cert. was granted, see <>."

Professor Griffin is the inaugural holder of the Larry and Joanne Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center. She teaches constitutional law, law and religion, torts, and professional responsibility. She is the author of Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2010) and editor of Law and Religion: Cases in Context (Aspen 2010), which is an anthology providing background information about famous cases in law and religion. Her most recent law review article is Fighting the New Wars of Religion: The Need for a Tolerant First Amendment, 62 Maine Law Review 23 (2010).

Before moving to Houston, Professor Griffin clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was an assistant counsel in the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates professional misconduct by federal prosecutors. 

This should be a most fascinating presentation with opportunity for attendees to engage a leading expert in discussion on this important, timely, controversial topic in an intimate setting.

Please RSVP attending to stevenjamar at

Prof. Steven D. Jamar                     vox:  202-806-8017
Associate Director, Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice
Howard University School of Law           fax:  202-806-8567

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