DOJ to host religious liberty summit Monday

Friday, July 27, 2018

WHO:  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions; U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.; and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty. Alliance Defending Freedom client Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop will participate as a panelist.

WHAT:  Religious Liberty Summit

WHEN:  Monday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE:  U.S. Department of Justice Great Hall, Robert F. Kennedy Building, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, or watch via live stream. Members of the media should RSVP to Kelly Laco at and


The U.S. Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit will present a number of perspectives on the centrality of religious liberty to a flourishing society and will examine legal and cultural challenges to it. Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio will host the event, which will feature an announcement on protecting religious freedom by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and remarks by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Senator James Lankford, R-Okla., and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty. Panel discussions will highlight legal and policy perspectives on the issue, as well as the lived experience of religious freedom in America today.

DOJ Media Affairs Specialist Kerri Kupec will moderate a panel on “The Promise and Challenge of Religious Liberty” featuring Alliance Defending Freedom client Jack Phillips, plaintiff in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; Derrick Max, executive director and principal of Cornerstone Schools of Washington, D.C.; Kelly Clemente of Bethany Christian Services; Rabbi Ruvi New of Chabad of East Boca Raton; and Dr. Harpreet Singh, MASSAH, Community Relations Service, DOJ.

The event will be live-streamed and is open to the press. Camera preset is at 9 a.m. EDT. Final access time for print media without gear is 9:15 a.m. EDT. All media must RSVP and present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. The RSVP and any inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Kelly Laco at and

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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