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Steven Green
Steven Green

Title: The Unknown Disestablishment of the Nineteenth Century
Keynote: Friday, April 12, 2013 7-8pm
Appellate Court, RWU Law School

Steven K. Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of History at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  He also serves as the Director of the interdisciplinary Willamette Center for Religion, Law and Democracy. Before joining the Willamette faculty in 2001, Green served for ten years as Legal Director and Special Counsel for Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, DC.  Green has participated in many of the leading church-state cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including serving as co-counsel in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the Cleveland voucher case.  Green has testified in Congress and in several state legislatures on a variety of First Amendment issues.  Since moving to Oregon, Green has filed friend of the court briefs in Supreme Court cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance and the Ten Commandments, among others.

Green is the author of The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-author of Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (Baylor University Press, 2008), a casebook in church-state law, and author of more than thirty scholarly articles on religion, history and the law.

Green serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Church and State, the board of the Oregon Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the policy board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the legal advisory board of the National Center for Science Education, the legal advisory board of the National Council of Churches, and has served as a legal advisor to Basic Rights Oregon’s gay marriage campaign. 

Green received his legal education at the University of Texas and Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in constitutional and religious history.  He also attended Duke Divinity School.

Ivan Petrella
Ivan Petrella

Title: New Directions for Liberation Theology in the 21st Century
Keynote Saturday, April 13, 2013 6-7:00pm in the
Appellate Court, RWU Law School

Ivan Petrella (PhD, Harvard University) is Academic Director of Fundacion Pensar, a public policy think tank in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously, he was a tenured associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. He the author of The Future of Liberation Theology: an Argument and Manifesto, Beyond Liberation Theology: a Polemic, editor of Latin American Liberation Theology: the Next Generation and co-executive editor of the "Reclaiming Liberation Theology" book series with SCM Press.