The Claremont Institute

December 11 CCJ Town Hall: Religious Liberty and Freedom From Compelled Speech

December 13, 2017

In this episode, Dr. John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, is joined by: Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and former Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow; Dr. David Upham, Director of Legal Students and Associate Professor at the University of Dallas; and Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute.

During this town hall, Eastman and his guests will discuss one of the most important cases being heard by the Supreme Court this term, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which was argued on, December 5, 2017. The court must decide whether government can compel a U.S. citizen to participate in speech with which he or she fundamentally disagrees and that violates his or her sincerely held religious beliefs.

They also discuss the important case addressing some complicated federalism doctrines, Chris Christie v. NCAA, which was argued on, December 4, 2017.

Dr. Eastman is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute and the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97.