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‘Religion in the Courts’ panel discussion to feature judges

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2010-10-05

Wofford program set for Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Leonard Auditorium

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A S.C. Supreme Court justice and a U.S. Court of Appeals justice – both Wofford College graduates – will participate in a panel discussion on “Religion in the Courts” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on the college’s campus. The program is free and open to the public.

S.C. Supreme Court Justice Costa Pleicones (Class of 1965) and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Justice Dennis Shedd (Class of 1975) will discuss the implications of Christian Legal Society v. Hastings, a recent Supreme Court case involving the University of California Hastings College of Law, which withdrew school recognition of a religiously based student group because the group refused to grant membership to some students on the basis of their sexuality. The student group sued the school, asserting its First Amendment right to the free practice of religion.

The program is being hosted by Dr. Dan Mathewson, assistant professor of religion, and Dr. Trina Janiec Jones, associate professor of religion, who are co-teaching a course titled “Religion and Law” this semester.