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Podcasts from the St. John's Law School Center for Law and Religion

    Legal Spirits Episode 021: The New Little Sisters of the Poor Case (featuring Prof. Kevin Walsh)

    Legal Spirits Episode 021: The New Little Sisters of the Poor Case (featuring Prof. Kevin Walsh)

    The Little Sisters of the Poor are litigants before the Supreme Court once more, this time as intervening defendants in an action by Pennsylvania and New Jersey against the federal government. The factual issue is a set of regulations adopted by the federal government that fully exempt organizations like the Little Sisters from the “contraception […]

    • 26 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 020: A New Case That May Alter Free Exercise Doctrine

    Legal Spirits Episode 020: A New Case That May Alter Free Exercise Doctrine

    The Supreme Court has granted cert. on a potentially major case for the scope of the Free Exercise Clause and the relationship between rights of religious liberty and rights of LGBT persons. The case is Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, and it concerns Catholic Social Services, a foster agency and part of the Archdiocese of […]

    • 29 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 019: Oral Argument in the Blaine Amendments Case

    Legal Spirits Episode 019: Oral Argument in the Blaine Amendments Case

    Late last month, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Espinoza v. Montana Dep’t of Revenue, a case on the constitutionality of a Montana school-choice program that allows parents to direct state-funded scholarships to religiously affiliated schools. The Montana Supreme Court ruled that the program violated the state constitution’s “Blaine Amendment,” which prohibits the appropriation […]

    • 24 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 018: SCOTUS Takes a Pair of Cases on the Ministerial Exception

    Legal Spirits Episode 018: SCOTUS Takes a Pair of Cases on the Ministerial Exception

    In this episode, we discuss the Court’s cert grant in two consolidated cases on the ministerial exception: St. James Church v. Biel and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru. The cases will require the Court to clarify the definition of “minister,” a question the Court left open six years ago in Hosanna-Tabor. Center Co-Directors […]

    • 25 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 017: Tanzin v. Tanvir and Individual Liability Under RFRA

    Legal Spirits Episode 017: Tanzin v. Tanvir and Individual Liability Under RFRA

    In this podcast, we discuss the Second Circuit opinion in Tanzin v. Tanvir, the Supreme Court’s second law-and-religion case this term, about whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act contemplates liability for individual federal officers. Along the way, we consider some of the divided cultural backdrop against which this somewhat technical question will be decided. Listen […]

    • 20 min
    Legal Spirits Episode 016: The New Wedding Vendor Cases

    Legal Spirits Episode 016: The New Wedding Vendor Cases

    In this episode, we discuss recent court rulings in favor of wedding vendors who decline, from religious conviction, to provide services for same-sex weddings. After years of losing such cases, vendors like Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski of Phoenix’s Brush & Nib Studio (above) have won notable victories in the lower courts. We ask whether […]

    • 27 min

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