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Panel discussion: Examining the establishment clause post-Bladensburg and a Supreme Court preview on the future of Title VII

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019


WHO:  Legal experts, analysts, and attorneys who have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court

WHAT:  “American Culture on Appeal” symposium series: “Courts and Culture: Examining the Establishment Clause post-Bladensburg and a Supreme Court Preview on the Future of Title VII

WHEN:  Monday, Sept. 16, 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 experts from Alliance Defending Freedom, Mayer Brown, Jones Day, and Goodwin Law for a two-panel discussion that will examine the recent Supreme Court term’s decisions impacting the establishment clause and religious liberty, and what the court’s treatment of these constitutional freedoms signal as we move into the 2019 term.

The first panel of this “Constitution Day” event will feature a review of the religious liberty and establishment clause implications of the court’s decisions in the 2018 Supreme Court term, including a focus on The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, regarding the Bladensburg Peace Cross. The second panel will forecast the future of the Supreme Court and review the cases likely to shape application of civil rights laws and the interpretation of Title VII. New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak 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 Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation David Cortman, Mayer Brown Counsel Charles Rothfeld, Jones Day Associate Kaytlin Roholt, New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak (moderator).

Panel II: ADF Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch, Goodwin Law Partner Brian Burgess, SCOTUSblog co-founder Amy Howe (moderator).

Questions? Contact ADF External Relations Director Rebecca Sears Holdenried at [email protected].

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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ABOUT David Cortman

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom. He has been practicing law since 1996, and currently supervises a team of over 40 attorneys and legal staff who specialize in constitutional law, focusing on religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family. Cortman has litigated hundreds of constitutional law cases including two victories at the U.S. Supreme Court. In Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, he secured a 7-2 victory that overturned Missouri’s denial of a religious school’s participation in a state funding program. Cortman also argued Reed v. Town of Gilbert, securing a 9-0 ruling that prohibits the government from discriminating against religious speech. A member of the bar in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice in over two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Cortman obtained his J.D. magna cum laude from Regent University School of Law.

ABOUT John Bursch

John Bursch is senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom. Bursch has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases and more than 30 state supreme court cases since 2011, and a recent study concluded that among all frequent Supreme Court advocates who did not work for the federal government, he had the 3rd highest success rate for persuading justices to adopt his legal position. Bursch served as solicitor general for the state of Michigan from 2011-2013. He has argued multiple Michigan Supreme Court cases in eight of the last ten terms and has successfully litigated hundreds of matters nationwide, including six with at least $1 billion at stake. As part of his private firm, Bursch Law PLLC, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the University of Minnesota Law School and is admitted to practice in numerous federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.