Luke Goodrich to debate merits of CLS v. Martinez 

by Martin Barillas Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Contact: Maria Montserrat Alvarado
Phone: 202-590-6966

Luke Goodrich to debate merits of CLS v. Martinez

What: The Federalist Society's Religious Liberties Practice Group, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and The Cato Institute Present: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Where: National Press Club Conference Rooms,
529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Who: Luke Goodrich

Why: In 2004, the Christian Legal Society filed suit against the University of California Hastings College of the Law after being denied official university recognition and the benefits of recognition, including student activity fee funding, because CLS requires its officers and voting members to adhere to the CLS Statement of Faith. In its lawsuit, CLS alleges that UC Hastings' exclusion of its chapter discriminates against CLS on the basis of its viewpoint and violates CLS' constitutional rights of free speech, expressive association, and religious association. The district court ruled in favor of the University, and a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in March 2009, affirmed the district court's opinion. On December 7, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court granted CLS's petition for certiorari, and oral arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Martínez are scheduled for April 19, 2010.

On February 4, 2010, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a coalition of minority religious groups—including Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and African American and Hispanic Christians—defending the right of the Christian Legal Society to meet as a recognized student group at the University of California Hastings College of Law.

For further details and registration information, please click here.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit public interest law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Becket Fund defends religious freedom for people of all faiths. Its clients have included Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians. Becket Fund attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Montserrat Alvarado, Assistant Director of Communications, at or call 202.590.6966.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, 3000 K St NW Suite 220, Washington, DC 20007.

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