January 22, 1997

Constitution establishment clause to be scholars' symposium topic at WSU

Nationally known constitutional scholars will participate in a symposium on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in 103 Law Classroom Building at Wayne State University.

The first clause of the amendment provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." Since its ratification in 1791, the establishment clause has engendered strong feelings and controversial litigation.

Law Professor Robert A. Sedler, who has litigated a number of important establishment clause cases, heads the symposium. Moderator will be Joseph Grano, distinguished professor of law.

Panelists include Jesse Choper, Earl Warren professor of public law at the University of California-Berkeley; John Garvey, University of Notre Dame law professor; and William Marshall, Case Western Reserve University law professor.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call James Robb, assistant dean for development and external relations, at (313) 577-4834.

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