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HLS Event: Is The Establishment Clause Dead or Alive?

On Thursday, September 25, legal scholar Marci Hamilton joined HLS President David Codell and HLS Executive Director David Niose at the University of Pennsylvania for a discussion on the state of the Establishment Clause.

Check out video of the event, and learn more about Marci Hamilton below.


MARCI A. HAMILTON is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program Professor of Practice, and Fox Family Pavilion Resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA,, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit academic think tank at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to prevent child abuse and neglect. Hamilton has been a vocal and influential critic of extreme religious liberty. Professor Hamilton successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) at the Supreme Court in Boerne v. Flores (1997), and defeated the RFRA claim brought by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against hundreds of child sex abuse survivors in Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Listecki (7th Cir. 2015). She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press). Professor Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Professor Hamilton clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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