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Friday, November 15, 2013

Professor Leslie Griffin Writes Article for American Constitution Society Blog

Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

On Nov. 7, her article, Conscience is So Overrated, was published on the American Constitution Society Blog. The piece is about Gilardi v. HHS. The Gilardi brothers own Freshway Foods and claim that that Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate that requires employee health care plans to contain preventive care coverage violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prohibits the government from "substantially burden[ing] a person's exercise of religion."

"... the First Amendment has nothing to do with business owners who want to run their corporations according to the rules of their own consciences. The Gilardis can believe what they want and worship how they like. But the Constitution does not transform their consciences into the rule of law," she wrote in the piece.

Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion.