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RFRA Claims: What are the Issues? Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives – May 18

RFRA Claims: What are the Issues? Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives – May 18

TOPICS:
• Legal Developments Leading Up to RFRAs
– Brief History of Religious Exercise Protections in the U.S.
– Pre-Smith
– Smith
– The Federal RFRA & Boerne

• State RFRAs and the Indiana Experience
– States that have State RFRAs
– Recent State RFRA Attempts – Indiana and Other State Experiences

• RFRAs and Discrimination Claims
– How RFRAs Work
– Actual Cases Under Existing Federal and State RFRAs

• Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) & RFRA Clients

• Approaching the Issues – Balancing Interests When Competing Rights Collide
Example Scenarios:
– Employers vs. Birth Control and Medical Abortions
– Pharmacists vs. Birth Control and Medical Abortions
– Ministers and Churches vs. Same Sex Weddings
– Landlords/Wedding Venues vs. Same Sex Customers
– Wedding Vendors vs. Same Sex Customers
– Adoption Agencies vs. Same Sex Applicants
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FACULTY:
Barry A. Bostrom – Chair
Attorney At Law, Terre Haute

Kenneth J. Falk
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Indianapolis

Professor Robert A. Katz
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis

Brian J. Paul
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis

Peter J. Rusthoven
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis

Professor Margaret C. Tarkington
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis
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RFRA CLAIMS: WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives
4.25 CLE / .5 E – Thursday, May 18; 9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

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– ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis

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Money Matters: 3 Part Seminar

In recent years a range of economic dilemmas have forced their way into our collective consciousness. These range from national and international concerns to personal economic choices. The goal of this course is to provide a sensible, fair economic paradigm. We will compare American and other secular law, contemporary economic and social theory with 3000 years of legal and ethical thought from the corpus of Judaic law pertaining to the issues listed below.

Perhaps you have been curious about the Talmud, but thought it was complex and inaccessible to anyone lacking extensive training. Not anymore. ICLEF, in conjunction with the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, is proud to co-sponsor, “Money Matters”. This program takes a look at the interplay and connection between Religious Law and United States Secular Law.

Money Matters will present Judaism’s approach to practical economic dilemmas and monetary quandaries that we face daily in both our personal and professional lives.

The goal of this course is to provide a sensitive, fair, and unshakable economic paradigm grounded in 3,000 years of tradition and practical experience—an ancient yet fresh spin on how we view the ethics of money.  Money Matters will show how the Torah’s sharply discerning yet holistic rulings inspire us with the confidence to confront any ethical economic dilemma.

1. Insider Trading
Information is a valuable commodity—this fact has been made clear by recent stories of high-profile prosecutions on insider trading charges. But is it fair to require companies to make information readily available to people who did not expend the time, effort, and money to attain it? Can stealing or misusing information be likened to property theft? How do we set up markets which ensure that risk is apportioned fairly? In this lesson, we will compare and contrast what American law and Jewish law have to say on the subject.

2. Living Wages
While a lucky few go home with millions, many more return home in poverty. What is the best way to solve the problem of the “working poor”? Should employers be obligated to pay their employees the minimum hourly income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs? This lesson will explore this hotly debated issue from both the angle of Jewish law, as well as from the perspective of “going beyond the letter of the law”—a central pillar of Jewish business ethics.

3. Bankruptcy
In times of old, when a debtor was not able to repay his debts, he was sold as a slave or thrown into prison. Today, we have bankruptcy laws that protect individuals from this fate. But is it ethical to borrow without repaying? If someone earns the money later in life, should they be obligated to repay their settled debts? This lesson explores the Jewish legal perspective on bankruptcy, emphasizing how we can incorporate secular local laws and customs into Jewish law.

4. Unions, Collective Bargaining, and Strikes
The controversy over union rights is recurrently strewn across U.S. headlines. What does Jewish law have to say about whether workers should have the right to unionize and bargain collectively? And does it matter whether they are public- or private-sector employees? Should the right to strike be granted, despite the harm it can cause to society? Does the type of industry make a difference? This lesson will present the Talmud’s enlightening spin on unionization, collective bargaining, and strikes.

5. Freeloading
Let’s be honest: who isn’t looking for a bargain? On the other hand, how often do we question the ethics of our deal-seeking? Can we move to more expensive vacant seats at a ball-game? Is there anything wrong with engaging a sales person with questions about a product when we have little or no intention of buying it there? This eye-opening lesson addresses various scenarios relating to the average market purchase that most of us face daily.

6. Excessive Compensation?
In the recent economic downturn, much fury has arisen from reports that CEOs of Americas biggest companies take grand bonuses and huge salaries. Is it morally wrong to seek extravagance? Are those who criticize their good fortune just jealous, or is their disgust valid? This lesson will discuss some of the moral problems related to CEO compensation, including some conflicts of interest.

Money Matters, 3 Part National Speaker Series,
This program is no longer available. Thanks to those in attendance and a special thanks to Rabbi Mendel Schusterman.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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