Claremont Institute

Before the Court:

Religious Liberty and Freedom from Compelled Speech

Guest Speakers: Ilya Shapiro, Dr. David Upham & Kelly Shackelford

Join Dr. John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, for our December tele-town hall. Dr. Eastman will be joined by: Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and former Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow; Dr. David Upham, Director of Legal Students and Associate Professor at the University of Dallas; and Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute.

During this town hall, we will discuss one of the most important cases before the Supreme Court this term, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which was argued on Tuesday, December 5th. The court must decide whether government can compel a U.S. citizen to participate in speech with which he or she fundamentally disagrees and that violates his or her sincerely held religious beliefs.

We’ll also discuss the important case addressing some complicated federalism doctrines, Chris Christie v. NCAA, which was argued on Monday, December 4th.

Dr. Eastman is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute and the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97.