University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2016

Course Description
The U.S. Supreme Court held last summer that the states had to recognize marriages between same-sex couples. Almost immediately, some commentators began to suggested that this decision would create conflicts with Religious Freedom and, in the intervening months, evidence of apparent conflicts has appeared in such places as a bakery in Oregon, a County Clerk’s Office in Kentucky, and the Florida Legislature. This course will address the legal framework in which such conflicts will be addressed, including legal structures that might require individuals and business owners with religious objections to do business with same-sex couples and various statutory and (state) constitutional schemes that might allow religious accommodations. In addition, we will discuss more generally when religious accommodations should be permitted. The course is intended provide a useful introduction to anti-discrimination law and to religious accommodations.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-13-2016 - 02-24-2016  

Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2016 - 02-24-2016   W  9:00 AM-10:50 AM F402

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation and a 12-15 page Closed Memo applying a statutory provision allowing religious accommodation (and a few interpreting cases) to a hypothetical involving same-sex marriage.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Compressed Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-3914
Office: G280