As a guest blogger for Balkinization, Professor Nelson Tebbe wrote about yesterday’s oral arguments in U.S. Supreme Court for Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The highly publicized case challenges the requirement that most employers provide comprehensive contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans. At issue is whether for-profit corporations can have rights of religious conscience.
In a recent op-ed for Slate, Professor Nelson Tebbe dissected media coverage of "off the wall" constitutional arguments – specifically, the “lopsided” story in the New York Times on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The case, one of two that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear, challenges the requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans.
Recent headlines have brought constitutional law and religious freedom into sharp focus. As one of the country’s foremost experts in these areas, Professor Nelson Tebbe has been frequently called upon to share his expertise.
Professor Nelson Tebbe spoke to Law360 about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the growing possibility that the Supreme Court will decide on its constitutionality. Federal circuit courts have already deemed it unconstitutional, in particular Section 3, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
In a recent report by New Jersey Public Radio, Professor Nelson Tebbe commented on a suit recently filed by Muslim Advocates against the NYPD. The group claims that the NYPD's surveillance program targeting Muslim Americans in the New York area violates the 1st and 14th Amendments, regarding equal protection and free exercise of religion.
In the latest issue of PENNumbra, a project of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Professor Nelson Tebbe with Professor Deborah A. Widiss from the Indiana University School of Law, present a nuanced argument defending same-sex marriage. Their statement expands on their article published earlier this year "Equal Access and the Right to Marry." A rebuttal is presented by Professor Shannon Gilreath of Wake Forest University.
Professor Nelson Tebbe spoke with attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi about the the landmark decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which overturned California's controversial Proposition 8. With Professor Adam Winkler from UCLA Law School and Thomas J. Barbar, Family Law Chair of the Mass Bar Association, Professor Tebbe explored reactions to the ruling and the legal issues surrounding gay marriage.
During the summer of 2010, Brooklyn Law School hosted a five-week legal education Summer Law Institute for rising 9th-grade students from all five boroughs. Taught by BLS students Robert Kornblum '11 and Taemin Sohn '12, the classes focused on criminal justice and trial procedure. ABC Eye Witness News profiled the Summer Law Institute and spoke to Professor Nelson Tebbe, who taught the students about criminal law and was also Kornblum’s criminal law professor. Tebbe told Art McFarland, the ABC News reporter, that he hoped the students would "feel what it's like to be a lawyer” and “get a sense of what they could do with their skills professionally.”
In the days before the 2009 election, registered voters of City Council 34 received prerecorded calls from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, praising City Council candidate Vito J. Lopez. While the message did not instruct New Yorkers to vote for the bishop’s preferred candidate, it did walk along a fine line that limits nonprofit organizations, which have tax-exempt status, from advocating particular politicians. Professor Nelson Tebbe, an expert on religion and the Constitution, told the New York Times, “There are constitutional rules and I.R.S. rules, and the I.R.S. rules are really more pertinent here.”