Law Event to Weigh Religious Freedom, Discrimination

Seminar promises civil and respectful discussion of complex issue

Where should society – and the law – draw the line between one person’s right to free exercise of religion, and another’s right to freedom from discrimination?

That topic has been the source of no shortage of acrimonious debate in recent months. But those who prefer a respectful and reasoned discussion of it will have an opportunity Thursday, June 4, courtesy of the School of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The law school is sponsoring a half-day seminar, entitled “The Law and Religious Freedom Conference,” at 8 a.m. Thursday in the E.E. “Tom” Thompson Courtroom at the Law School building, 500 E. 52 St., Kansas City, Mo.

The event offers continuing legal education credits for attorneys, but is also open to the general public. Cost is $10 for the public, and $110 for attorneys seeking CLE credits. Registration and additional information is available at this link, by calling 816-235-1648 or sending email to

Sessions during the seminar include “Current State of the Law,” “Religion and Religious Expression in the Workplace,” “501(c)(3) Issues” and “Religiously Based Hate Crimes & Persecution.” Panelists include UMKC and Mizzou law faculty, attorneys from several Kansas City firms, Rev. Bob Hill of Community Christian Church, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Heith Janke, Mahnaz Shabbir of Shabbir Advisors and Leonard Zeskind of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights.

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