February 18, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 18th McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on Wednesday, March 16. Kent Greenawalt, professor of Columbia Law School, will speak on the topic, Religious Exemptions in Same-Sex Marriages. He will be joined by two commentators:  Andrew M. Koppelman, John Paul Stevens professor of Law and professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, as well as Michael P. Moreland, professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and concurrent professor at University of Notre Dame Law School.

McElroy LawKent Greenawalt has been a professor at Columbia Law School since 1965. Before joining the Columbia faculty, he was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan. He also served as Deputy U.S. Solicitor General from 1971-72. His scholarship focuses on constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, legal interpretation and criminal responsibility. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, Bachelor of Philosophy from University of Oxford and Bachelor of Laws from Columbia Law School.

Kent GreenawaltThe McElroy Lecture Series provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion and society. It seeks to educate students, legal professionals and the wider public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions and the role of religion in public life. Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was the first to give the McElroy lecture in 1995. Since then, other notable lecturers have included (in chronological order) Professor Stephen L. Carter, Cardinal Adam Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., Professor Michael John Perry, Professor Jaroslav Pelikan, Ph.D., Dennis W. Archer, Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Professor Noah Feldman, Professor Leslie Griffin, Ph.D., Cardinal Roger Mahony, Professor John Witte, Jr., Professor Douglas M. Laycock, Professor Marci A. Hamilton, Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon and Professor Nelson Tebbe.

The annual McElroy Lecture is made possible through a gift from the estate of alumnus Philip J. McElroy. Mr. McElroy received a bachelor of science and bachelor, master and doctor of law degrees from the University.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Room 226 on the Detroit Mercy Law Riverfront Campus, located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. The lecture is complimentary and open to the public. Parking is provided nearby at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the parking garage at 611 Congress Street.

For additional details and to register online, visit Detroit Mercy Law.