Detroit Mercy Law hosts annual McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion virtually

October 28, 2020

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted the annual McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on October 27, 2020.   

This was the first McElroy Lecture to take place virtually,” commented Dean Phyllis L. Crocker in her opening remarks. “We all miss being together in person, but being virtual allows people from across the US and Canada to join us.” 

The McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers to address fundamental issues of law and religion. Professor Cathleen Kaveny of Boston College Law School presented the lecture titled “The Ironies of the New Religious Liberties Litigation.” Kaveny examined the legal victories of religious believers and how they are premised on legal rights instead of what we owe others of different beliefs.   

Late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the first to give the McElroy lecture in 1995. Since then, other notable lecturers have included Intisar A. Rabb, Cardinal Adam Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan Jr., and Nelson Tebbe. The lecture series is made possible through a gift from the estate of Detroit Mercy Law alumnus Philip J. McElroy ’32.