Emory University School of Law. (Credit: Daniel Mayer via Wikimedia Commons)
An anonymous donor has given $1 million to Emory University School of Law.
The money will fund a four-year project on religious freedom, which will be run out of the Atlanta school’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. The project, dubbed Restoring Religious Freedom: Education, Outreach, and Good Citizenship, launches in September.
“Our goal is to give students who want to practice in this niche of law and religion the hands-on experience they need to excel,” said Mark Goldfeder, a senior fellow at the center who will oversee the project. “Through our work, we will be able to provide information in an accessible, nonpartisan format to scholars, practitioners and other professionals, such as school teachers and administrators, who may encounter religious-freedom questions in their daily lives and workplaces.”
The project will produce two volumes of religious-practice guidelines covering topics such as religion and education, religion and charity, and religion and equality. The guidelines will be written for teachers and administrators, charities that work with the government and attorneys who handle religious-discrimination cases.
The project will also expand student internships and host lectures and international conferences.
“This gift will allow us to provide our students with more practical training while advancing scholarship,” said center director John Witte Jr. “Our center has a long history of leading the way in all areas where law and religion intersect, and right now religious freedom sits squarely upon that intersection.”
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