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"The Religious Freedom Restoration Act at Thirty" Symposium
By CSLR | Emory Law | Emory Law | Nov 14, 2023 12:11:46 PM

Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom (register for link)
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On October 19th, 2023, the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and Canopy Forum will host “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act at Thirty,” an online symposium on October 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Thirty years ago this November, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). RFRA was birthed from a popular bipartisan effort in Congress to respond to Employment Division v. Smith, a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld as constitutional under the Free Exercise Clause facially neutral and generally applicable laws. Soon after its enactment, RFRA’s scope came under dispute. Today, the contours of the federal statute—and its state law progeny—continue to be a source of litigation and scholarly discussion. This one-day symposium will look back at RFRA’s origins and evolution and look forward to its new frontiers.