Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Description: Two men filed a complaint with the state of Colorado after they asked cake artist Jack Phillips to design a wedding cake to celebrate their same-sex ceremony. In an exchange lasting about 30 seconds, Phillips politely declined, explaining that he would gladly make them any other type of baked item they wanted, but that he could not design a cake promoting a same-sex ceremony because of his faith.
Panel discussion: Landmark cases and Supreme Court preview
WHAT: “American Culture on Appeal” symposium series: “Courts and Culture:
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Jones Day, Seventh Floor, 300 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington (two blocks from the Capitol Building) or watch live streaming video
Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Doors open at noon. Space is limited, so please RSVP.
Join the solicitor general of Texas and Supreme Court experts from Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC for a two-panel discussion that will examine the recent Supreme Court term’s landmark decisions impacting free speech and religious liberty, and what the court’s treatment of these constitutionally protected freedoms signal as we move into the 2018 term.
The first panel of this “Constitution Day” event will feature a review of the free speech and religious liberty implications of the court’s decisions in the 2017 Supreme Court term, including a focus on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. The second panel will forecast the future of the Supreme Court and review the cases likely to shape application of the Establishment Clause related to war memorials and public prayer. Bloomberg News Supreme Court Correspondent Greg Stohr and SCOTUSblog co-founder Amy Howe will moderate the discussions, which will conclude with time for audience Q&A with the panelists.
Panel I: ADF Vice President of Appellate Advocacy and Senior Counsel John Bursch, Professor at Penn Law School Amanda Shanor, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, Bloomberg News Supreme Court Correspondent Greg Stohr (moderator).
Panel II: ADF Vice President of U.S. Litigation and Senior Counsel David Cortman, Americans United for Separation of Church and State Associate Legal Director Alex Luchenitser, Partner at Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC Jeffrey M. Harris, SCOTUSblog co-founder Amy Howe (moderator).
Questions? Contact ADF External Relations Director Rebecca Sears at email@example.com.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Kristen K. Waggoner serves as general counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Waggoner oversees the U.S. legal division, a team of 100 attorneys and staff who engage in litigation, public advocacy, and legislative support. ADF has represented the prevailing parties in multiple U.S. Supreme Court victories, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which she argued. Waggoner continues as lead counsel in Arlene's Flowers v. State of Washington, which the Supreme Court remanded to the Washington Supreme Court. She will argue Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski at the High Court in the 2020-21 term. She is a Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, who clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court after law school and served in private practice in Seattle for nearly 20 years. Waggoner is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.