FIU Law Review and our symposium faculty organizer, Professor Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod, proudly present the Religion and the Law Symposium. The event is recorded and provided below. If you are having difficulty viewing the video, please use Firefox, Internet Explorer or other Microsoft Silverlight-compatible browser.

The Religion and the Law Symposium took place October 23, 2015, at the Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Florida. The full-day conference examined issues impacting gender, Muslim stereotypes, and freedom of religion and expression. Speakers from various backgrounds discussed topics ranging from: Muslim expansionism and its compatibility with the modern world; the Free Exercise Clause and its impact on sex assignment and gender; and the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage and its impact on private religious freedoms. This symposium included innovative legal discussions about how religious beliefs and religious leaders continue to have an impact in our modern society.

Attendees who pre-registered received 5.5 Florida CLE Credits.


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Friday, October 23rd
8:30 AM

Breakfast and Registration

FIU College of Law Atrium

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Dean R. Alexander Acosta, Florida International University College of Law
Professor Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod, Florida International University College of Law

FIU College of Law, Grand Courtroom

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:10 AM

First Session: Holy Wars

Professor Beverly I. Moran, Vanderbilt Law School
Rahimjon Abdugafurov, Emory University
Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Professor Sahar F. Aziz, Texas A&M University School of Law
Professor Karima Bennoune, University of California Davis School of Law

Moderator: Noah Weisbord, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

9:10 AM - 10:40 AM

10:40 AM


10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Second Session: Gender and Religion

Dean Marie Failinger, Hamline School of Law
Professor Timothy J. Tracey, Ave Maria School of Law
Professor Shawn M. Crincoli, Touro Law Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Professor Mary Anne Case, The University of Chicago Law School

Moderator: Dr. Suzanna M. Rose, Professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies, Florida International University

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM


FIU College of Law Atrium

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Keynote Speaker

Professor Stanley Fish, Florida International University College of Law

1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

1:50 PM

Third Session: Freedom of Religion and Expression

Professor Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law
Professor Robert A. Katz, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Asma T. Uddin, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Professor SpearIt, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University

Moderator: Dr. Howard Simon, Executive Director of ACLU Florida

1:50 PM - 3:20 PM

3:20 PM

Closing Remarks and Reception

Maria Papasakelariou, Executive Symposium Editor, FIU Law Review
Dominique Pando Bucci, Editor-in-Chief, FIU Law Review

FIU College of Law, Grand Courtroom and Atrium

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM