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Anonymous donor gives Emory $1 million for religious freedom work

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Anonymous donor gives Emory $1 million for religious freedom work

Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons
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Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons

Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons

An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University’s School of Law.

A press release from the university says, “The gift will fund ‘Restoring Religious Freedom: Education, Outreach, and Good Citizenship,’ a project that will run for four years, starting in September.”

Potential project topics include:

  • religion and education, aimed at teachers and administrators;
  • religion and charity, for charitable organizations that partner with government agencies; and
  • religion and equality, for attorneys who might be called upon to handle a religious discrimination case.

“The center will build on its success in law and religion moot court, training more students for competition. In April, Emory Law’s law and religion moot court team won an international competition in Italy,” the press release says.

Mark Goldfeder, Spruill Family Senior Fellow at the center and senior lecturer at Emory Law, is directing the project.

Emory said last year Goldfeder guided the student-run Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project, which worked on an amicus brief for a Supreme Court case involving a church’s use of signs.

“This gift will allow us to provide our students with more practical training while advancing scholarship,” John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory Law and director of the center, is quoted as saying.

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Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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