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Religiously Affiliated Law Schools

spring 2008 conference

Hosted at Boston College Law School
April 6-8, 2008





Hotel Information

Faith can spark professional formation and intellectual growth as well as spiritual and moral development. The Conference presentations and panels will center on the relationship between religion and a lawyer’s professional formation, that is, how faith can influence the growth of our students as lawyers and the development of our faculty members as scholars, teachers, and mentors. This two-day event should be of great interest both to faculty and to student service professionals.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

5:00 p.m.       
Roman Catholic Mass, Trinity Chapel, BC Law School (for those interested)

6:00 p.m.       
Opening Reception

7:00 p.m.       

Speaker:  John Garvey, Dean, Boston College Law School

Table Discussion:  Identify 10 things you do differently at your law school because you are a religiously affiliated institution

Monday, April 7, 2008

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.   
Teaching Through the Lens of Faith:  Successfully Engaging Religious Issues in the Classroom

  • Ladislas Orsy, S.J., Georgetown
  • Mark Osler, Baylor
  • Chaim Saiman, Villanova
  • Amy Uelmen, Fordham

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.   
Break and informal discussion

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.   
Student Vocational Discernment: Sparking the Spiritual, Moral, and Professional Formation of Young Adults (and us too!)

  • Jeff Brauch, Dean, Regent
  • R. Michael Cassidy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Boston College and BC Law School students 
  • Natt Gant, Regent 
  • Jerome Organ, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Univ. of St. Thomas (Minneapolis)
  • Susan Stabile, Univ. of St. Thomas (Minneapolis)
  • Ronald Volkmer, Creighton

12:30 p.m.   
Lunch & Speaker: Cutberto Garza, Provost, Boston College, Gasson Hall, Chestnut Hill Campus

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.   
Hiring (and Admitting) for Mission: What It Means and How To Do It

  • Mary Bowman, Seattle Univ.
  • Cari Haaland, Director of Admissions, Univ. of St. Thomas (Minneapolis)
  • Kenneth W. Starr, Dean, Pepperdine
  • Kevin Worthen, Dean, BYU

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.   
Scholarship Through the Lens of Faith: Who Is Your Audience and Why Do You Want To Reach Them?

  • Michael Broyde, Emory
  • Vince Rougeau, Notre Dame
  • David Skeel, Univ. of Pennsylvania

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.   
The Challenge of Inclusion: Avoiding the Us and Them

  • Sam Levine, Pepperdine
  • Lucia Silecchia, Catholic Univ. of America
  • Norah Wylie, Dean for Students, Boston College, and BC students

12:30 p.m.     
Concluding Lunch

Registration information

The cost of the conference is $175.00 per person, which includes dinner on Sunday and Monday evening.  Additional guests may attend the Monday Boston Dinner for $50.00 each. 

Download the printable PDF form here, and send with your check (made out to Boston College Law School) to:

Paige Renaghan
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459

Contact Information:

Greg Kalscheur, 617-552-6850

Paige Renaghan, 617-552-8666

Hotel Reservations
A personalized web link for this event has been created by the Sheraton Newton Hotel, and special rates are available. Guests can access the website to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from October 07, 2007 to April 08, 2008.

Go to Sheraton Newton Website


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