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State of the Law 2008

December 2, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Following eight years of efforts by the Bush Administration to ease the way for partnerships between government and religious charities, the incoming Obama Administration is inheriting a dramatically changed environment in which to build its proposed Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships - one that could facilitate expanded collaborations, according to legal experts for the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy. That the Obama Administration will further efforts to encourage faith-based groups to provide services seems likely, say Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle, law professors at George Washington University Law School who co-direct legal research for the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy. But in some areas - notably, whether tax-funded religious organizations should be allowed to hire people of their own faith - the incoming President is apt to slowly and cautiously reverse the direction taken by Bush.

Lupu and Tuttle made their remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on December 2, at an event marking the release of their seventh "State of the Law" report, an annual Roundtable publication on legal developments affecting government relations with faith-based organizations. The 2008 version was also a cumulative report of such changes that have occurred throughout President George W. Bush’s tenure.

Click here for the 2008 State of the Law report.
Click here to read a transcript of the December 2 event.
Click here to read a news story about the event by Roundtable Correspondent Claire Hughes.