Stanford Law School has established the nation’s only religious liberty clinic, enabling students under the professor’s supervision to represent clients who are fighting legal battles on the grounds of religious freedom.
The clinic will offer participating law students the opportunity to engage in disputes arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and customs, the school announced this week.
“Part of what we are trying to do is show our students and our community how religious liberty is a natural right that is for all of us and that all too often religious liberty disputes are really debates about the merits of the particular religious practice involved rather than the liberty,” the clinic’s founding director, James Sonne, told the Christian Post on Wednesday. “We want to show that this is something for everybody regardless of your religious background and practice.”
Sonne, who is an expert in the area of religious liberty through his professional and academic experience, said Stanford Law School is a pioneer in political and legal education. The school was looking to expand its existing clinic programs that give law students the opportunity to handle real cases under his and his staff’s supervision.
The clinic was made possible, in part, by a $1.6 million gift from the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The program will be housed within Stanford’s Mills Legal Clinic….
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