Groff v. DeJoy: The Most Wide-Reaching Religious Liberty Case in Half a Century

Groff v. DeJoy: The Most Wide-Reaching Religious Liberty Case in Half a Century

Monday, March 13, 2023 | Room 105, Berkeley Law

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As the Supreme Court considers Groff v. DeJoy, a case on the religious liberty rights of employees under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Chapman Law professor James Phillips discusses the case, his research on the meaning of “undue hardship” under the Civil Rights Act, and what the case means for textualist theory and methodology. Professor John Yoo provides commentary.


Dr. James C. Phillips

James Phillips is an assistant professor of law at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law where he teaches courses in civil procedure and law and religion. James has published over two dozen academic articles in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Southern California Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Journal of Supreme Court History. His research topics include constitutional interpretation, law and corpus linguistics, the First Amendment, Supreme Court oral argument, and empirical studies examining discrimination. He designed and supervised the initial stages of the creation of the Corpus of Founding-Era American English (COFEA) and is one of the pioneers of applying corpus linguistics to constitutional interpretation. His shorter writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the LA Times, and the National Review, among other outlets.

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