Co-sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association Region II (New York) and III (New Jersey), the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, and the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association.

This course was originally held on November 17, 2020.

Child sex abuse (CSA) by clergy, or, succinctly, clergy sex abuse, has been in the news and the courthouses for nearly 20 years.  There are special considerations to be taken into account when litigating with a religious entity as a defendant in these cases. Two of the country’s leading experts in the field of religious liberty will address the doctrines and pitfalls when CSA litigation includes a religious defendant.

Professor Marci Hamilton, Founder and CEO of CHILD USA. She is the leading expert on child sex abuse statutes of limitation, she has filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts, and she is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children.

Dr. Leslie Griffin, the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is author of the Foundation Press casebooks, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (4th edition, 2017) and Practicing Bioethics Law (2015), which was co-authored with Joan H. Krause, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

This program is approved by the Boards on Continuing Legal Education of New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 3 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1 qualifies as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 2 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law.

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