About The Future of Religious Freedom


Please Note: This Symposium will not be recorded. Please register if planning to attend in-person, but no registration is necessary if you are planning to attend via Zoom.

The Iowa Law Review is proud to present this year’s Symposium: “The Future of Religious Freedom.” This event will gather scholars from across the country to discuss developments impacting this First Amendment protection. Topics will span the ideological spectrum and include dialogue on standards of review, free exercise accommodations, and religious legal theory. Set against the backdrop of recent and impending Supreme Court decisions, this Symposium will bring together the minds at the forefront of these prominent issues. Written pieces accompanying this year’s Symposium will be published in Volume 108, Issue 5 of the Iowa Law Review


Presented by: Iowa Law Review
Faculty Organizer: Professor Christopher Lund, Wayne State University 
October 14, 2022
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA
Held In-Person: Boyd Law Building (130 Byington Road, BLB Room 225)
Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97310189041


For any questions, please contact our Symposium Editor, Meg Sill, at meg-sill@uiowa.edu. 


Friday, October 14


8:45-9:00am:  Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

Dean Kevin WashburnN. William Hines Dean and Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

Iowa Law Review Organizers and Hosts, Kate M. Conlow and Meg SillEditor in Chief and Symposium Editor, respectively, Iowa Law Review

9:00-10:20am:  Panel One - Doctrinal Questions and Supreme Court Decisions

Professor Stephanie H. BarclayAssociate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School and Director, Religious Liberty Initiative

Essay: The Religion Clauses After Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

Professor Nathan S. Chapman, Pope F. Brock Associate Professor in Professional Responsibility, University of Georgia School of Law 

Essay: Rethinking the Smith Regime

Professor Michael A. Helfand, Brenden Mann Foundation Chair in Law and Religion and Co-Director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Essay: Substantial Burdens as Civil Penalties

Professor Christopher C. LundAssociate Dean for Research and Faculty Development; Professor of Law, Wayne State University College of Law

Essay: Answers to Fulton's Questions

10:30-11:50am: Panel Two - Doctrine and Procedure as Mechanisms to Shift Social and Political Issues 

Professor Micah SchwartzmanHardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law and Director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, University of Virginia School of Law

Essay: Religious Freedom and Abortion

Professor B. Jessie HillAssociate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Essay: History's Speech Acts

Professor Andrew KoppelmanJohn Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and Philosophy Department Affiliated Faculty, Northwestern University 

Essay: The Increasingly Dangerous Variants of the "Most-Favored-Nation" Theory of Religious Liberty

12:00-1:30 PM: Lunch Break

1:30-2:30pm: Keynote Address

Judge Diane P. Wood Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School

2:50-4:00pm: Panel Three - Religious Freedom Through the Lenses of Legal Theories

Professor Paul GowderAssociate Dean of Research and Intellectual Life and Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Essay: Can Religious Accommodations Undermine Liberal Freedom? A Rule of Law Approach

Professor Elizabeth Sepper & Professor James D. NelsonProfessor of Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law and University of Houston Law Center

Essay: Religion Law and Political Economy

Professor Nelson Tebbe, Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Essay: Does Dobbs Reinforce Democracy?

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon in advance at 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.