Professor Frederick Schauer on Constitutional Law

Professor Schauer spoke to prospective students about Virginia’s constitutional law program at an Admitted Students Open House in March 2009. Schauer is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Abolish Religious Exemptions from the Law? (Part 2)

In the United States and other countries, religious institutions have traditionally enjoyed a privileged position, i.e., they have been granted exemptions from compliance with certain laws (including, without limitation, laws against discrimination in employment and laws requiring the payment of taxes). Is it appropriate or even useful for religion to have this privileged status?

Links:

1. Wisconsin Supreme Court’s use of the “ministerial exception” to dismiss an age discrimination case against a Catholic school system

http://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=38088

2. New York Court of Appeals decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany v. Serio

http://www.law.cornell.edu/nyctap/I06_0127.htm

3. California Supreme Court’s decision in Catholic Charities of Sacramento v. Superior Court (Unfortunately, I can’t find a generally accessible URL for this decision. The citation is 85 P.3d 67 (2004).)

4. Jonathan Turley’s Op-Ed piece entitled “When it comes to religious groups, who’s really facing discrimination?”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/16/AR2010041602027.html

5. Employment Division v. Smith

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0494_0872_ZO.html

6. Bob Jones University v. United States

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0461_0574_ZO.html

7. New York Times article on the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association case

8. Part 1 of this video series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TBxCfnFiw

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R Pres signing stmts declaring the ExecutiveBranch will not enforce some provisions ofthe law constitutional?

This is the fully worded Q: Are Presidential signing statements that declare explicitly or implicitly the Executive Branch will not enforce certain provisions of the law constitutional? 1 A after 2 days? We call the military action in Iraq and Afghanistan a war against terrorism, but we are not in a War footing? The President […]

Attorney General Tom Corbet 4/17/10 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on case law and the Constitution 4 of 5

Attorney General Tom Corbet 4/17/10 only politician does not understand that the constitution is supreme law of the land

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