Symposium Speaker Biographies

Symposium Speakers

Friday, November 3, 2017

Religious Exemptions and Harm to Others


LundChristopher Lund

Professor of Law at Wayne State University

Christopher C. Lund is a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, where he teaches a variety of courses, including Torts, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty in the United States and Evidence. Excited to teach students, he has been voted Professor of the Year five times.

Lund’s scholarly interests vary, but his principal focus has been in the field of religious liberty. His academic work has been published in student-edited law reviews, such as the Northwestern University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, peer-reviewed legal journals, such as the Journal of Law and Religion; and peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals, such as History of Religions. He recently joined Michael McConnell and Thomas Berg as the new co-author on their leading casebook, Religion and the Constitution, the fourth edition of which was published by Aspen in 2016.

Lund’s academic work has been cited in articles, books and judicial opinions. He is regularly called on for his expertise by media outlets, civil rights organizations and religious groups. Two of his amicus briefs have been quoted in opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court, with Justice Stephen Breyer calling one of them “very excellent” at oral argument. He is a past chair of the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as past chair of the Section on New Law Professors. He sits on the lawyers’ committee of the ACLU of Michigan.

Lund joined Wayne University Law School in 2009 from the Mississippi College School of Law. Before teaching, he clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, served as the Madison Fellow at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and practiced law at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. Lund earned his law degree with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor of arts from Rice University, summa cum laude, with majors in mathematics and psychology.

During fall semester 2013, Lund was on leave from Wayne Law, teaching at the University of Notre Dame Law School.


SchwartzMicah Schwartzman

Joseph W. Dorn Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law

Micah Schwartzman joined the faculty in 2007. He teaches constitutional law and the First Amendment (Religion Clauses). His areas of interest include law and religion, jurisprudence, and political philosophy.

Schwartzman received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. During law school, he served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review and received numerous awards, including the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Daniel Rosenbloom Award, and the Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship. After graduating, Schwartzman clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. In the spring of 2013, he was a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law.


SepperElizabeth Sepper

Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law

Sepper is a health law scholar whose work explores the interaction of morality, professional ethics, and law in health care and insurance. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religious liberty and insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. Her scholarship also examines the interaction of business religious exemptions and gay rights.

SeagallEric Segall

Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State School of Law

Eric J. Segall graduated from Emory University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, and from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was the research editor for the Law Review and member of Order of the Coif. He clerked for the Chief Judge Charles Moye Jr. for the Northern District of Georgia, and Albert J. Henderson of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. After his clerkships, Segall worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the U.S. Department of Justice, before joining the Georgia State faculty in 1991.

Segall teaches federal courts and constitutional law I and II. He is the author of the book Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court is not a Court and its Justices are not Judges. His articles on constitutional law have appeared in, among others, the Stanford Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, and Constitutional Commentary.

Segall has served on the executive committee of the AALS section on federal courts, and has given numerous speeches both inside and outside the academy on constitutional law questions and the Supreme Court. He appears regularly on the national XM Radio show StandUp with Pete Dominick talking about the Supreme Court and constitutional law.


LoewyArnold Loewy

George R. Killiam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law at Texas Tech University School of Law

As the first professor to hold the Texas Tech School of Law’s new Judge George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law, Loewy has initiated a series of annual symposiums in the area of criminal law or criminal procedure. His first two-day symposium, held in April, 2007, was entitled “Citizen Ignorance, Police Deception, and the Constitution.” His subsequent symposia, all held in early April or late March, were entitled “Convicting the Innocent,” “Excuses in the Criminal Law,” “The Fourth Amendment,” “Criminal Law and the First Amendment,” and “The Sixth Amendment.” His 2013 symposium will be entitled “Juveniles and the Criminal Law.”

In addition to his work on the annual symposiums, Loewy teaches a Supreme Court seminar and also courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and the First Amendment. In each course, he uses a casebook that he has edited.

Loewy recently joined the Texas Tech School of Law faculty after having taught for 38 years at the University of North Carolina School of Law and four years at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

He received both his bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Boston University, where he achieved the top academic average in his graduating class and was a senior editor for the Boston University Law Review. Professor Loewy obtained his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1964.

Loewy was chair of the criminal justice section of the Association of American Law Schools in 1993 after serving for seven years on the executive board and as an officer. He also chaired the AALS Constitutional Law Section from 1973 to 1975. In addition to being an invited speaker at law schools and conferences throughout the nation, Loewy has participated in multiple Oxford Round Tables, and addressed the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law at several different venues around the world.


BradyKathleen Brady

Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law

Brady is a legal scholar who has held faculty appointments at Villanova University and University of Richmond School of Law. She is the author of The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law: Rethinking Religion Clause Jurisprudence, published by Cambridge University Press as part of CSLR’s Law and Christianity book series.

Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and religion, including the First Amendment religion clauses, religion in public life, law and theology, and Catholic social thought. Her publications have appeared in numerous law reviews.

In 2011, Brady was William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Brady has served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Religion and has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. After law school, Brady clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as Assistant to the General Counsel of Yale University and Project Associate for the National Academy of Social Insurance.

She holds a bachelor of arts from Yale College, a master of arts in religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
SimsonGary J. Simson

Senior Vice Provost for Scholarship for Mercer University, Macon Chair in Law

Gary J. Simson, Senior Vice Provost for Scholarship for Mercer University, holds the Macon Chair in Law at the law school. Simson received a B.A. summa cum laude in 1971 from Yale College, where he majored in Spanish Literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. in 1974 from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge J. Joseph Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Simson began his teaching career at the University of Texas School of Law in 1975 and was promoted to full professor in 1977.

Simson joined the Cornell Law School faculty as professor of law in 1980 and remained at Cornell until 2006, serving as Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 1997-2000 and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2000-2004. In 2006 he became Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He left Case in 2010 to become Dean of the School of Law and Macon Chair in Law at Mercer. He served as Dean until moving to his current leadership position in the central university in 2014.

Over the years, Simson has taught Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws, Religious Liberty Clinic, and seminars on freedom of religion and other constitutional law topics. His constitutional law scholarship has addressed such issues as school vouchers, Supreme Court appointments, the death penalty and religion, and single-sex schools. He is also the author of a leading conflict of laws casebook and various articles in the field.


EsbeckCarl H. Esbeck

R.B. Price Professor Emeritus of Law/Isabelle Wade & Paul C. Lyda Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law

Professor Esbeck joined the faculty in 1981. After serving as an Editor on the Cornell Law Review, he held a clerkship with the Honorable Howard C. Bratton, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in New Mexico. From 1975-81, Professor Esbeck practiced law in the firm of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a partner when he left in 1981.

He has published widely in the area of religious liberty and church-state relations. Professor Esbeck is recognized as the progenitor of “Charitable Choice,” an integral part of the 1996 Federal Welfare Reform Act, later made a part of three additional federal welfare programs. And he has taken the lead in recognizing that the modern Supreme Court has applied the establishment clause not as a right, but as a structural limit on the government’s authority in specifically religious matters. While on leave from 1999 to 2002, Professor Esbeck directed the Center for Law & Religious Freedom (CLRF) and then served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. While directing the CLRF, Professor Esbeck was a central part of the congressional advocacy behind the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). While at the Department of Justice one of his duties was to direct a task force to remove barriers to the equal-treatment of faith-based organizations applying for social service grants.

Professor Esbeck teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty, Civil Rights, and a Seminar on the Foundations of the American Constitution.


MarshallWilliam Marshall

William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law

William (Bill) Marshall is currently the Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. Marshall was Deputy White House Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States during the Clinton Administration.  He has also served as the Solicitor General of the State of Ohio.  Marshall has published extensively on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, federal courts, presidential power, federalism, and judicial selection matters. He teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, election law, first amendment, federal courts, freedom of religion, the law of the presidency, and media law. Marshall received his law degree from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a native of Nashua, New Hampshire.


HardeeCatherine Hardee

Assistant Professor of Law at California Western School of Law

Catherine Hardee’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of business law and torts.  Professor Hardee’s current writing explores the intersection between corporate personhood, rights claims by corporations, and the corporate social responsibility movement.  Her prior projects have focused on  the role of consequences in constituting autonomy and the conflict inherent in the Supreme Court’s treatment of coordinated speech.  Professor Hardee’s work is published in the Pepperdine Law Review, the Willamette Law Review, and the New York University Law Review.

Prior to joining the California Western faculty, Professor Hardee was a Forrester Fellow at Tulane University Law School where she taught Legal Research and Writing.  Professor Hardee previously spent eight years as a litigator in New York City working as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Heller Ehrman, as well as a litigation boutique.  Her practice focused on mergers and acquisition litigation, securities litigation, and banking law.  Professor Hardee worked on several high profile litigation matters including JPMorgan’s buyout of Bear Stearns, the tax investigation into UBS’s cross-border business, and the Parmalat securities litigation class action.  She also worked on many pro bono matters including representing asylum seekers and women seeking access to public benefits.  In 2009, Professor Hardee was awarded the New York State Bar Association’s Best Brief Award for Excellence in Commercial Brief Writing.

After graduating magna cum laude from New York University Law School, Professor Hardee clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from The University of Washington.  Before law school, Professor Hardee was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Armenia, teaching English and working on projects to advance gender equality for women and girls.  When not at the law school, Professor Hardee can be found hiking with her two rescue dogs, enjoying San Diego, or out travelling the world on her bicycle.


The presentations by each speaker will last approximately 45 minutes; time has been factored into the schedule for a Q&A following each presentation.