ADF attorneys to debate in Illinois, Kansas on Supreme Court case involving Christian student group
WHAT: Debate at Northwestern University School of Law
WHEN: Thursday, April 1, at 12 p.m. CDT
WHO: ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot
WHAT: Debate at University of Kansas School of Law with law professor Richard E. Levy
WHEN: Thursday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. CDT
WHERE: University of Kansas School of Law, 1535 W. 15th St., Green Hall, Room 104, Lawrence, Kan.
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will participate in two law school debates next week sponsored by campus chapters of The Federalist Society on the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Attorneys with ADF and the CLS Center for Law & Religious Freedom, who are litigating the case, represent a student chapter of CLS, which Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco refused to recognize because the group requires its officers and voting members to subscribe to its basic Christian beliefs.
“Christian student groups shouldn’t be forced to deny their faith in order to be treated the same as other student groups,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French, a participant at one of the debates. “Just as all student groups have the right to associate with people who share common beliefs and interests, Christian student groups have the right to be Christian student groups. A university policy never trumps rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.”
Nearly 100 parties have filed briefs in support of the CLS chapter, including 14 state attorneys general and a wide array of groups ascribing to diverse beliefs and practices.
- Christian Legal Society information page on the case
- Web site of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom