CLS v. Martinez and the Freedom of Association

March 19, 2010Duke Law News

March 19, 2010
12:15-1:15 PM
Room 3041
Duke Law School

Panelists discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. The case raises important questions at the intersection of the freedom of association, antidiscrimination law, and public forums. At issue is whether the First Amendment permits Hastings Law School to deny official recognition to a student chapter of the Christian Legal Society because the chapter limited its membership to Christians who agreed to its moral conduct code (which included a restriction against homosexual conduct). Our panelists include Greg Baylor of the Alliance Defense Fund, Chris Stoll of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and William Marshall, a nationally recognized First Amendment expert at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Read more about the case here in the SCOTUSblog case files.

PANELISTS
John Inazu, moderator
Senior Lecturing Fellow and Fellow in the Program in Public Law
Duke Law School

Gregory Baylor
Senior Legal Counsel
Alliance Defense Fund
Washington, D.C.
Mr. Baylor represented the Christian Legal Society (UC Hastings) at the Ninth Circuit and is among those representing CLS in the Supreme Court.

Christopher F. Stoll
Senior Pro Bono Attorney
National Center for Lesbian Rights
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Stoll represented the intervenor in this case, Hastings OUTLAW, at the Ninth Circuit and is among those representing Hastings OUTLAW in the Supreme Court.

William P. Marshall
William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
Professor Marshall is a nationally recognized First Amendment expert and has previously written on some of the issues raised in this case.

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