Panel 2: Legislative Intent and Statutory Interpretation Under RLUIPA

Sarah Darnell, Staff Writer, SDarnell@albanylaw.edu, Tanya Davis, Staff Writer, SDavis@albanylaw.edu & Daniel Wood, Staff Writer, DWood@albanylaw.edu

     The Symposium’s second panel explored legislative intent and statutory interpretation under RLUIPA.  The panel discussed how RLUIPA applies to building codes, aesthetic regulations, the exercise of eminent domain, and determining damages. 

Participating in the panel were:

Amy Lavine from the Albany Law School Government Law Center served as moderator. Continue reading “Panel 2: Legislative Intent and Statutory Interpretation Under RLUIPA”

Judge McConnell of the Tenth Circuit Offers the Edwin Sabota ’79 Memorial Lecture

Robert Magee, Staff Writer, RMagee@albanylaw.edu

     The second day of the symposium began in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom at Albany Law School with the Edward C. Sebota ’79 Memorial Lecture, delivered by the Honorable Michael McConnell of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He presented an overview of the judicial interpretation of the Free Exercise Clause as compared to similar interpretations of the Free Speech clause. He further explored the Supreme Court’s historical treatment of these protections and explained why and how and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) (1) came to be.

    After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1979, Judge McConnell clerked for Judge James Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit and then Justice Brennan of the U.S. Supreme Court, from 1980-1981. He went on to teach at his alma mater and then the University of Utah college of law, where he teaches to this day. (2) 

     Judge McConnell was appointed to the 10th Circuit in September of 2001.  While sitting on the bench Michael McConnell has authored three opinions which have come before the Supreme Court which have been adopted by the Court. (3) Continue reading “Judge McConnell of the Tenth Circuit Offers the Edwin Sabota ’79 Memorial Lecture”