Pallium Lecture Series

"The Supreme Court and Religious Liberty"

The Pallium Lecture is a presentation selected by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki to focus on catechetical formation and spiritual renewal. 

This year we are pleased to welcome Joseph D. Kearney, Dean and Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki has selected Joseph D. Kearney, Dean of the Marquette University Law School, to present the 2015 Pallium Lecture, “The Supreme Court and Religious Liberty.” Many Americans have come to expect the United States Supreme Court to be the final arbiter of cases involving claims of religious freedom in the United States. Its authority derives primarily from the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. But to what extent historically has the Court has been willing to use that authority to sustain such claims? How has the Court’s approach changed over time? Have the Justices most popularly associated with “conservative” jurisprudence been those most likely to be sympathetic to such claims? This lecture will explore this constitutional history and, on that basis, make some conjectures about the future.

Joseph D. Kearney has been dean and professor of law at Marquette University since 2003. An accomplished teacher, scholar, administrator, and lawyer, Kearney joined the Marquette Law School faculty in 1997. He previously practiced law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kearney grew up on the south side of Chicago and is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

The evening is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee with funding from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and is open, free of charge, to everyone. For more information, contact Connie Bach at (414) 236-5499.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7 p.m. 

Mount Mary University
2900 N. Menomonee River Pkwy.
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597

Although free, all are encouraged to register by Wednesday, October 19 to ensure adequate space. Please click to register online:

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In the event you have problems with the registration page or are unable to email your registration request, please contact Rosalita by phone at 414-758-2217.


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