Hobby Lobby and McCullen v. Coakley: HHS Mandate and Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Religious Liberties Practice Group Courthouse Steps Teleforum

Two of the biggest cases of the U.S. Supreme Court Term will be discussed in this specially-extended Teleforum conference call. In the Hobby Lobby case, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether the federal government may enforce, against private businesses owned by religiously devout owners, the requirement that their employee health plans provide certain no-cost benefits under the Health and Human Services Department’s contraceptive mandate. In McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme Court determined that a state law-imposed buffer zone around abortion clinics violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment free speech rights. Our panel of four experts will discuss the cases, the outcomes, and their implications, and then take audience questions in this special 90-minute Teleforum conference call.

  • Prof. Richard W. Garnett, IV, Professor of Law & Concurrent Professor of Political Science, Founding Director, Program on Church, State & Society, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Erik S. Jaffe, Law Office of Erik S. Jaffe, P.C.
  • Prof. Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
  • Prof. Micah J. Schwartzman, Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Two of the biggest cases of the U.S. Supreme Court Term will be discussed in this specially-extended Teleforum conference call. In the Hobby Lobby case, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether the federal government may enforce, against private businesses owned by religiously devout owners, the requirement that their employee health plans provide certain no-cost benefits under the Health and Human Services Department’s contraceptive mandate. In McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme Court determined that a state law-imposed buffer zone around abortion clinics violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment free speech rights. Our panel of four experts will discuss the cases, the outcomes, and their implications, and then take audience questions in this special 90-minute Teleforum conference call.

  • Prof. Richard W. Garnett, IV, Professor of Law & Concurrent Professor of Political Science, Founding Director, Program on Church, State & Society, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Erik S. Jaffe, Law Office of Erik S. Jaffe, P.C.
  • Prof. Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
  • Prof. Micah J. Schwartzman, Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Call begins at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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