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Quarterly Newsletter

Spring 2021
Dear friends and colleagues, 

A passage from the Talmud is posted outside an office door at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion: 

I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and the most from my students.”  — Rabbi Hanninah, Talmud, Taanit 7b

Rabbi Hanninah’s insight holds true this year more than most. The graduating class at Emory Law School spent the last three semesters studying under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic, and learning to practice law amid historic political divisions, movements for racial justice, and more. As faculty and staff, it has been our great privilege to learn from our students’ determination and ongoing pursuit of excellence during these times. To our graduating students: Congratulations and thank you for teaching us so much!

We are also excited to share with you the latest news about CSLR’s people, projects, and publications. Whether you purchase a book, listen to the newest episodes of the Interactions podcast, read the latest issue of the Journal of Law and Religion, or explore the most recent articles on Canopy Forum, we hope these resources will be of interest and use to you. 

 
Justin Latterell, PhD
Director of Academic Programs
Weekly episodes of Interactions podcast! 
CSLR’s Interactions podcast now features weekly episodes. We are excited to welcome two new members to our podcast team: Janet Metzger (narrator) and Ana Knudsen (producer). Listen on the Canopy Forum website or subscribe via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Amazon/Audible.
New Publications by CSLR Faculty and Fellows
CSLR faculty and fellows continue to lead their fields with cutting-edge publications. Our online book brochure includes descriptions and purchase links for new and recent titles. Here are some highlights:
Church, State, and Family: Reconciling Traditional Teachings and Modern Liberties, by John Witte, Jr.

This book defends the fundamental place of the marital family in modern liberal societies. While applauding modern sexual freedoms, John Witte, Jr. also defends the traditional Western teaching that the marital family is an essential cradle of conscience, chrysalis of care, and cornerstone of ordered liberty. . . (continue reading).

A free sample chapter of the book, "Why Suffer the Children? Overcoming Christian Opposition to Children’s Rights" is available on Canopy Forum.
 “It is a compelling book of landmark dimensions."
— Mark A. Noll, McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
 
“This book justly deserves to become an enduring stimulus for debate on the importance of the marital family in human life."
— Norman Doe, Cardiff University
 
“Drawing on his deep wells of scholarship, and writing with characteristic clarity and charity, Witte offers church, state, and society a reasoned account and constructive model of the marital family as a continuing private and public good, worthy of voluntary commitment and legal support.”
William Storrar, Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey
Setting the Table: An Introduction to the Jurisprudence of Rabbi Yechiel Mikhel Epstein’s Arukh HaShulhan, by Michael J. Broyde and Shlomo C. Pill (Academic Studies Press 2021)

CSLR sat down with Professor Michael Broyde to talk about his newest book with Dr. Shlomo C. Pill. Watch the interview and read more here.

“Rabbis Broyde and Pill not only analyze the principles used by the author, but they systematically demonstrate how they were applied to specific laws. This work is...valuable both to the outsider and the Talmudic scholar."
—Rabbi Yosef Blau, Senior Mashgiach Ruchani & Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

“In this fascinating work, Broyde and Pill...bring to life the intellectual choices made by the Arukh Hashulkhan, situating their work within the long history of attempts to codify Jewish law...This is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of rabbinic jurisprudence.”
— Suzanne Last Stone, Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School, University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Yeshiva University
Journal of Law and Religion Publishes New Issue, Expands Open Access
The Journal of Law and Religion is expanding its open access offerings in partnership with Cambridge University Press. JLR has signed up as a transformative journal, committing to a goal of moving to full open access in the future. Through Cambridge’s read and publish agreements, authors at over 1,000 institutions globally can now publish gold open access with JLR at no cost to the author. You can learn more about open access publishing here, and read open access articles from JLR here

The newest issue of the Journal of Law and Religion (April 2021) features articles by Omar Farahat on reason-giving and the duty to obey in classical Islamic jurisprudence and Jason Whitehead on worldview theory and Christian conservative legal activism. The issue also features a symposium on law, religion, and same-sex relations in Africa organized by M. Christian Green with contributions from Asonzeh Ukah, Habibat Oladosu-Uthman, Damaris Parsitau and Elias Bongmba. You can also read a tribute to the late Howard Lesnick written by his friend and colleague Amelia Uelmen.
Canopy Forum
CSLR’s online publication, Canopy Forum, now has thousands of readers spread across 173+ countries! Join the conversation by reading our new series on Religious Corporations and the Law or submitting your short article or multimedia scholarship for publication.
Awards & Achievements
Philip Reynolds Retires from Emory
Dr. Philip L. Reynolds, a Senior Fellow at CSLR who served as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Medieval Christianity and the Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology at Candler School of Theology, has retired. Reynolds taught and published extensively in the field of historical theology, including his recent edited volume, Great Christian Jurists and Legal Collections in the First Millennium (Cambridge, 2019). He also served as the Director of CSLR’s Pursuit of Happiness project from 2005-2010. In 2019, Reynolds won the distinguished Haskins Medal in recognition of his monumental book, How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments (Cambridge, 2016). Candler School of Theology’s has published a tribute to Reynolds’ illustrious career, “Philip Lyndon Reynolds: Making Old Things New.” With deep gratitude for his contributions to the work of CSLR, we wish Dr. Reynolds all the best!
CSLR Congratulates Audra Savage
CSLR alumna and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Audra Savage has been appointed to the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Law. A graduate of Emory’s SJD and LLM programs, Dr. Savage has also accepted an offer to clerk for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Read more about Dr. Savage and her work in her recent CSLR interview, Fighting for Justice as Lawyer, Scholar, and Teacher.
Allard Receives Young Alumni Award from Emory Law
CSLR congratulates Silas Allard, a Senior Fellow and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Religion, who was recognized in April for his “notable leadership and service contributions to Emory Law and to the legal profession.” Read more about Allard and the Young Alumni Award at Emory University’s School of Law.

Charlotte McDaniel Creates a New Award to Advance Human Rights at CSLR
Dr. Charlotte McDaniel’s life’s work of promoting human rights and serious engagement with ethical issues continues through a new award that she recently established at Emory Law School and CSLR. Read more about Dr. McDaniel and the award she established to advance human rights.
CSLR Partners with Emory Students
CSLR offers opportunities for students from across the University to be involved with every aspect of our work. From research and editing to web design and podcast production, graduate and undergraduate students help CSLR advance the world’s understanding of law and religion. Read more about our student team members, including Tara Farkouh – a graduating senior on CSLR’s Digital Scholarship team who received Emory University’s “Student Employee of the Year” for the 2020-2021 academic year.
We are hiring!
CSLR is hiring graduate and undergraduate students to work on our team. Click on the following links to learn more about current opportunities:
Support the Study of Law and Religion
CSLR partners with alumni, philanthropists, foundations, and many other supporters in our mission to study and teach about the interactions of law and religion. Your tax-deductible contributions can provide scholarships, fund new research projects, employ student researchers, and more. Contributions may be directed to general support or to support specific programs including Jewish Legal Studies, the Religious Freedom Fund, the Law and Islam Program, or the Law and Christianity Project and Book Series. You can make your contribution here, or by contacting Anita Mann (lawam@emory.edu).
The mission of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion is to produce and promote path-breaking scholarship, teaching, and public programs on the interaction of law and religion around the world. Learn more and get involved.
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