Regent Faculty Hold Colloquium on Marriage

Faculty Colloquium In light of the significance of marriage in religion, culture and law, and the differing concerns among faculty members the Law Faculty Colloquia on October 16, from 1-2 pm in RH 107 will consist of a brief presentation and debate of ideas on marriage and civil law (right after chapel).   

The issue: “Whether civil law should set marriage entry and regulatory requirements when religious, social and moral pluralism so diversify a culture?”

Moderated by law student Joshua Bachman, panelists will include Dean Douglas Cook, Professor Louis Hensler, Professor Steve Fitschen, and Professor Lynne Marie Kohm.  Debate and questions will be a focus, and students are invited.

Our objectives are to present to our new and current faculty and to students a perspective on challenging each other in preparation for engaging the world with scholarship.

Panelists’ recent scholarship tangentially related to this topic:

Douglas Cook, What’s the government doing in marriage anyway? (forthcoming); The Politically-Active Church, 35 LOYOLA-CHICAGO L. J. 457 (2004).  Since 2000, he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the law school.  He is Of Counsel with the Chesapeake law firm of Davis Law Group, where his part-time law practice focuses on nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and church law.

Louis Hensler, Misguided Christian Attempts to Serve God Using the Fear of Man, 17 REGENT U. L. REV. 31 (Fall 2004); The Trammel Court’s Hasty Rejection of Jerry Maguire’s View of Marriage, 23 GA. ST. U. L. Rev. 325 (2006); Prof. Hensler is a member of The Fighting Fundamental Forums;

Steven Fitschen, Marriage Matters: A Case for Get-The-Job-Done-Right Federal Marriage Amendment, 83 N. DAK. L. REV. 1301 (2008);  written party and/or amicus briefs in same-sex marriage and/or domestic partnership/civil union and/or "equal rights, not special rights" and/or homosexual custody cases (in one or more stages of one or more cases) in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia (all state courts), The Northern District of Florida, the Southern District of Ohio, the Sixth Circuit, the Eight Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Lynne Marie Kohm, FAMILY MANIFESTO: WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE MORAL BASIS FOR THE FAMILY AND HOW TO RESTORE IT (W.S.Hein 2005); What’s the Harm to Women and Children? A Prospective Analysis, in WHAT’S THE HARM: DOES LEGALIZING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REALLY HARM INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES OR SOCIETY? 79 (Lynn D. Wardle, ed. 2008); Tracing the Foundations of the Best Interests of the Child Standard in American Jurisprudence, 10 J. L. FAM. STUD. (forthcoming 2008); Family Law and Juvenile Law Annual Survey, 42 U. RICH. L. REV. 417 (2007).

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