Page 21 - v38no2
P. 21

 BRIEFLY NOTED
 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLAR ANALYZES FIRST AMENDMENT AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AT UHLC’S ROSENBERG LECTURE
  The Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture, March 3, 2020
Cornell Law School Professor Nelson Tebbe suggested that speech and religious provisions in the Constitution should be reassessed during a March presentation at the University of Houston Law Center.
Tebbe presented his research on Lochnerism and the relationship between the First Amendment and the distribution of resources, including wealth and income. He cited examples that have impacted current society like Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc. and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
“At this moment of worsening resource inequality, freedom of speech and religion are being used to weaken redistributive programs,” Tebbe said. “Today, the argument is that the court has breached that agreement by using the First Amendment to invalidate economic policy.”
UHLC’S BADEAUX ELECTED PRESIDENT OF REGIONAL LAW LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Katy Stein Badeaux, head of faculty services at the University of Houston Law Center’s O’Quinn Law Library, was named president
of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries in January. She began her term in March, following the 2020 SWALL Annual Meeting from March 26-28 in San Antonio, where several members of the law library staff delivered presentations. Badeaux previously served as vice president of the organization.
law.uh.edu
Tebbe then discussed his ideas for alternatives and solutions to the challenges created by these policies and rulings.
“Today, the First Amendment is weakening democratic belonging for millions of people, precisely at the moment when that belonging is being degraded by economic conditions,” Tebbe said. “To adequately respond to this, the constitutional law and political theory and the conception of democracy that appears with the substantive re- imagination of the Constitution’s speech and religion provisions.
“That conception is possible and urgently necessary. It would apply not only to speech law, but to religious freedom doctrine in ways I’ve described. It would concern not just social and political issues, but pressing as a distributive justice in an age of worsening inequality. Now is the time to develop an approach to these fundamental questions that can work for everybody.”
   “I am so proud to be elected as SWALL President,” Badeaux said. “SWALL is a dynamic organization that has gathered the ideas and insights of law librarians of all types across eight southern states since 1958.
“As president, I hope to increase
the availability of our educational programming through webinars and streamline chapter communications.”
  Katy Stein Badeaux
 21

















































































   19   20   21   22   23