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Legal Scholar Nelson Tebbe to speak at UDM Law McElroy Lecture

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February 16, 2015

On Wednesday, March 4, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will present a lecture by Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn and Cornell Law Schools, as part of its annual McElroy Lecture Series on Law and Religion. Tebbe’s topic will focus on “Religion and Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom.” The lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in room 226 of UDM Law, which is located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.  The lecture is complimentary and open to the public.  Parking will be provided nearby at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the parking garage at 611 Congress Street.

Nelson TebbeCurrently a professor at Brooklyn Law School and Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, Tebbe teaches courses on constitutional law, religious freedom, freedom of speech, legal theory, and professional responsibility.  His scholarship focuses on constitutional law, and in particular the relationship between religious traditions and democratic governments, both in the United States and abroad.  His articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal,Journal of ReligionMichigan Law ReviewMinnesota Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review.  He has published in Slate and The New York Times.  He is co-organizer of the Annual Law and Religion Roundtable and he serves on the Board of Consultants of the Journal of Religion, which is peer edited and published at the University of Chicago.

Before teaching, Tebbe clerked for Hon. John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law at the American Civil Liberties Union and at Davis Polk & Wardwell.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.Currently a professor at Brooklyn Law School and Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, Tebbe teaches courses on constitutional law, religious freedom, freedom of speech, legal theory, and professional responsibility.  His scholarship focuses on constitutional law, and in particular the relationship between religious traditions and democratic governments, both in the United States and abroad.  His articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal,Journal of ReligionMichigan Law ReviewMinnesota Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review.  He has published in Slate and The New York Times.  He is co-organizer of the Annual Law and Religion Roundtable and he serves on the Board of Consultants of the Journal of Religion, which is peer edited and published at the University of Chicago.

Tebbe received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Yale Law School.  He also received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and the Sociology of Religion from the University of Chicago, with distinction.

In February 1998, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law began the McElroy Lecture Series to address prominent issues of religion, law and society.  Prior lecturers have been U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Stephen L. Carter, Adam Cardinal Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., Michael John Perry, Jaroslav Pelikan, Dennis W. Archer, Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Cass R. Sunstein, Noah Feldman, Leslie Griffin, Roger Cardinal Mahony, John Witte, Jr., Douglas M. Laycock, Marci A. Hamilton, and Sarah Barringer Gordon. The McElroy Lecture is sponsored by UDM Law through a bequest from alumnus Philip J. McElroy.

For more information about the McElroy Lecture, please visit the UDM Law website.

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