Approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit in Kansas & Missouri.
Kansas Bar Association Lunch & Learn
The KBA Diversity Committee and The KBA Religion Law Section
Friday, September 28, 2018
Robert L. Gernon Law Center
1200 SW Harrison, Topeka
11:30 AM Attendee Check-in & Lunch Provided
12:00 PM Masterpiece Cakeshop and Its Impact on Kansas
On June 4th, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission holding that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated the Free Exercise Clause in ruling upon a baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. What specifically did the Supreme Court say in its opinion? What did the Supreme Court not address in its decision? How will this case impact Kansas law? Please join us for a fascinating discussion of these questions and other critical issues arising at the intersection of religious liberty and LGBT rights.
1:15 PM: Program Adjourns
Professor Kyle Velte, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence
Kyle Velte is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she teaches Evidence, Torts, and Employment Discrimination. Her scholarship examines the intersection of sexuality, gender and the law, as well as the intersection of law and society as it relates to justice issues facing marginalized populations. Her prior scholarship on sexuality and the law has exposed the inadequacies of statutory schemes in recognizing and protecting gay and lesbian parents and their children, focused on constitutional bases for recognizing and protecting gay men, lesbians, and their families, and argued for heightened Equal Protection scrutiny for classifications based on sexual orientation. Her more recent scholarship focuses on the perceived tensions between religious freedom and LGBT civil rights along three axes—law, policy, and theory. She filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court cases of United States v. Windsor, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and has appeared in the media discussing issues of religious liberty and its connection to antidiscrimination law, Title IX, and marriage equality. Prior to joining the faculty at KU Law, Professor Velte was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, where she taught Evidence, Torts, Professional Responsibility, Conflict of Laws, and Gender, Sexuality & the Law, and an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Legal Externship Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, focusing on private firm and judicial placements. She also taught Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, and Sexual Orientation & the Law. Professor Velte holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a law degree from American University. While at American University, she was on the editorial board of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and received several significant awards, especially for her work in the area of civil rights and public interest law. Her undergraduate degree is from Hamilton College.
Jonathan R. Whitehead, Attorney at Law, Kansas City, MO
Jonathan Whitehead is an attorney practicing near Kansas City, Missouri. He represents nonprofits, churches, and other charities in litigation. His clients include the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, the Missouri Baptist Convention, and Trinity Lutheran Church, as part of the team presenting 2017's "Playground case" before the United States Supreme Court. Named a "2018 Influential Appellate Advocate" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, he recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Mike Lee and 84 other members of Congress in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and joined Eugene Volokh and the Cato Institute in an amicus brief in Telescope Media, a similar case involving videographers now pending before the 8th Circuit. Jon is on the steering committee for UMKC's Annual Law & Religious Freedom Conference, and a Trustee for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and Harvard Law School.
KBA Members: $80
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