Stanford Launches Only Religious Liberty Law School Clinic

New clinic will allow law students to represent clients whose cases pertain to religious freedom.

Update Jan. 22: The New York Timestakes a closer look at the new clinic, noting that it will focus on free expression of religion and avoid challenging government endorsements of faith. Notable church-state names, including Michael W. McConnell, Doug Laycock, Stephen L. Carter, and Thomas Farr, praised the clinic, according to the NYT.

Thanks to a donation from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Stanford Law School has announced that it will begin offering a new religious liberty clinic–"the only clinic of its kind in the country."

The new Religious Liberty Clinicwill be part of Stanford's existing Mills Legal Clinic, an in-house group that operates as a single law firm. The Religious Liberty clinic will "allow students to defend cases involving disputes regarding religious beliefs and practices under the tutelage of participating professors with expertise in the field of religious freedom," Stanford Dailyreports.

The John Templeton Foundation contributed $1.6 million to the clinic's ...

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