The J. Reuben Clark Law Society Detroit Chapter and Michigan Catholic Conference, along with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law this Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 7-9 p.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church 438 St Antoine Street Detroit, will host a panel of speakers who will address the importance of religious freedom and the challenges this 1st Amendment right faces in the United States today.
The event is free but those interested are encouraged to register at Eventbrite.
The panelists include:
- Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit Archbishop Vigneron was appointed by Pope Benedict in 2009 to serve as the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit and Metropolitan Archbishop for all seven dioceses of Michigan.
- Elder Von G. Keetch, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director, Public Affairs, The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. Keetch is a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Keetch served as chief outside counsel for the Church for more than 25 years where he focused on representing and advising the Church on issues of religious liberty, complex litigation, and First Amendment law. In one context or another, he also has represented virtually every mainline religion in America, as well as numerous small churches and other nonprofit organizations.
- Professor Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University School of Law Professor Clark has published numerous articles and book chapters on church-state issues, has been associate editor of three major books on law and religion, and has drafted commentaries and legal analyses of legislation, litigation and developments affecting religious freedom. She also has also testified before Congress on religious freedom issues.
- Professor Christopher Lund, Professor, Wayne State University School of Law Professor Lund is a past chair of the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools. His writings on religious freedom have been published widely and cited in articles, books and judicial opinions (including opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court.) He is consulted for his expertise in law and religion by media outlets, civil rights organizations and religious groups.
- Professor Frank Ravitch, Professor of Law and Walter H. Stowers Chair of Law and Religion, Michigan State University School of Law Professor Ravitch is co-author of Religion and the State in American Law, and has authored several books and numerous law review articles, essays, book reviews, and book chapters, as well as amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on matters involving law and religion.
- Elder Daniel F. Dunnigan, serves as an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He worked for more than 30 years in various finance and accounting positions for Ford Motor Company. While working at Ford Elder Dunnigan also chaired for many years the Ford Interfaith Network, a company-recognized employee resource group that encouraged employees of all religions to express their faith at work, while promoting religious understanding and mutual respect.
- Dr. Nicholas P. Miller, Legal Counsel and Director, Office of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. Dr. Miller is author of The Religious Roots of the First Amendment, and more than thirty scholarly and professional journal articles and book chapters dealing with issues of church, state, and society. He has argued many church/state cases in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.