The annual McCullen Symposium was held on Monday, April 14. Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, spoke about his recently published book, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2014). Offering brief comments in response to Professor Smith were Patrick Brennan (John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies and Professor of Law, Villanova University), Catherine Wilson (Associate Professor of Public Administration, Villanova University), and Daniel Mark (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Villanova University).
Steven D. Smith is one of the nation’s leading law and religion scholars and the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brigham Young University, he has written extensively on religious freedom, constitutional law, and jurisprudence. His books include The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse (Harvard University Press, 2010); Law's Quandary (Harvard University Press, 2004); The Constitution and the Pride of Reason (Oxford University Press, 1998); and Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press, 1995); Before moving to San Diego he was the Robert and Marion Short Professor at Notre Dame Law School and the Byron R. White Professor at the University of Colorado.