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War Memorial or Monument to Christianity: The American Legion v. American Humanist Association

Thursday, March 21, 2019,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

MonumentJoin the Federalist Society and American Constitution Society as we host a debate between Jordan Lorence and Professor Edward Rubin on The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. The case is before the Supreme Court this term and seeks to answer whether a 93-year-old memorial to the fallen of World War I violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause because it is shaped like a cross.

Jordan Lorence serves as senior counsel and director of strategic engagement with Alliance Defending Freedom, where his work has encompassed a broad range of litigation, with a primary focus on religious liberty, free speech, student privacy, conscience rights of creative professionals, and the First Amendment freedoms of public university students and professors. In 1999 he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the precedent-setting Southworth v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System case. Lorence earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and received a B.A. in journalism from Stanford University.

Professor Edward Rubin specializes in administrative law, constitutional law and legal theory. He joined Vanderbilt Law School as Dean in 2005 and currently serves as a University Professor of Law and Political Science. Professor Rubin earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale Law School before clerking for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.