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Business and Religious Accommodations: Legal and Ethical Issues

March 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

About the program:

In recent years, political and legal developments have put two successful civil rights movements in direct conflict with each other. In 2015, the Supreme Court affirmed a Constitutional right to gay marriage in its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Further, over the last several years, numerous state and local governments have continued to pass laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity. During the same period, however, in its decision in Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court also affirmed the rights of shareholders in some corporations to avoid enforcement of laws that they claim contradict their religious beliefs. In addition, a number of states have passed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that could allow businesses to refuse to comply with gay rights ordinances on religious grounds.

This event will address the legal and ethical implications of the conflict between reproductive and gay rights, on the one hand, and religious freedom, on the other, as it plays out in the commercial world. First, we will host a debate between Gregory Baylor, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, and Gregory Lipper, Partner, Clinton Brook & Peed; former Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. We will then hear a panel of academics and practitioners who will dig more deeply into the issues that arise when the newfound protections for gay rights collide with the reemerging movement for religious liberty.

This program is part of Baruch College’s Ethics Week 2017


Registration – 12:15 to 12:30 PM

Welcome Remarks and Overview – 12:30 to 12:45 PM

DAVID ROSENBERG – Director, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and Professor of Law, Baruch College

Speaker Introduction – 12:45 to 12:50 PM

Debate and Q&A – 12:50 to 1:55 PM

GREGORY BAYLOR – Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

GREGORY LIPPERPartner, Clinton Brook & Peed; former Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Light Lunch – 1:55 to 2:35 PM

Panelist Introduction – 2:35 to 2:40 PM

Panel and Q&A – 2:40 to 4:10 PM

Moderated by AMY SEPINWALL – James G. Campbell, Jr. Assistant Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania

CANDACE BOND – Policy Counsel for Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice, National LGBTQ Task Force

ANGELA CARMELLA – Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

MARCI HAMILTON – CEO and Academic Director, CHILD USA


Networking Reception – 4:10 to 5:00 PM

Our Partner

The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research was established in 1997 to study and support private sector responsibility and public accountability; promote thinking and scholarship on business and normative ethics; and provide research assistance to the Center’s many stakeholders.

The Center serves as a focal point for the normative inquiry in business at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. Center-sponsored research, however, embraces a wide range of scholarly approaches, methods, and disciplines.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. E-mail us at matthew.lepere@baruch.cuny.edu

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March 20, 2017
12:15 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Baruch College – Library Building Room 750-760
151 East 25 Street
New York, NY 10010 United States


Matthew LePere