Cooley Hosts Webcast on Separation Between Government and Religion

Focused on Issues from Recent Case Heard by U.S. Supreme Court.

Pictured L to R: Gerald Fisher, professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Lori Grigg Bluhm, city attorney, city of Troy; Nita Murray-Grier, assistant city attorney, city of Southfield; Daniel Ray, professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Carol Rosati, attorney for Michigan townships; Sara Sturing, assistant city attorney, city of Warren; Jim Tamm, attorney for Michigan cities.

Pictured L to R: Gerald Fisher, professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Lori Grigg Bluhm, city attorney, city of Troy; Nita Murray-Grier, assistant city attorney, city of Southfield; Daniel Ray, professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Carol Rosati, attorney for Michigan townships; Sara Sturing, assistant city attorney, city of Warren; Jim Tamm, attorney for Michigan cities.

January 17, 2014 - On Saturday, Jan. 11, Daniel Ray, professor of law and chair of Cooley Law School’s Constitutional Law Department, conducted a live webcast titled, “How Much Separation Should There be Between Government and Religion?” The webcast focused on issues from Town of Greece (NY) vs. Galloway, which was heard by the US Supreme Court on Nov. 6, 2013.

The primary question addressed was: “…whether a legislative prayer practice violates the Establishment Clause notwithstanding the absence of discrimination in the selection of prayer givers or forbidden exploitation of the prayer community.”

The program was held at Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus and was live webcast at the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor campuses. Professor Ray’s presentation was followed by a short question and answer session. Also participating in the event were practicing attorneys and Cooley staff, including Gerald Fisher, Lori Grigg Bluhm, Nita Murray-Grier, Carol Rosati, Sara Sturing and Jim Tamm.

Professor Ray is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. Before joining academia, Professor Ray practiced law in Kansas and Missouri.


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Highlights

Professor Daniel Ray conducted a webcast focused on issues from Town of Greece (NY) vs. Galloway, which was heard by the US Supreme Court on Nov. 6, 2013.

The program was held at Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus and was live webcast at the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor campuses.


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