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News Posted on February 18, 2014

Ken Starr to Deliver Public Presentation on Religion, Law, and the Hobby Lobby Case

Former U.S. Solicitor General, D.C. Circuit Judge, and Baylor University President Ken Starr will appear at UC Davis School of Law to deliver a public presentation on religion, law, and the upcoming Supreme Court case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft supply stores, claims that providing employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives as required by the Affordable Care Act would violate its religious beliefs. The case is scheduled to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.

Starr's presentation, to be given on Tuesday, February 25, at noon, will be moderated by UC Davis School of Law Associate Dean and Professor of Law Vikram Amar; Professor Alan Brownstein will provide commentary on President Starr's remarks. The event is co-sponsored by UC Davis School of Law and the student chapters of the Federalist Society and American Constitution Society. Attendance is free and open to the public.

On the same day, President Starr will also guest lecture in the Wine Law class at UC Davis School of Law. The class is taught by Tracy K. Genesen, a partner in the San Francisco office of Reed Smith and an expert on complex litigation focusing on the wine industry and state alcohol regulatory statutes.

Ken Starr is the chief executive officer of Baylor University, holding the titles of President and Chancellor. Previously, he was the Dean at Pepperdine University School of Law. Starr served as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999. He was Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He served as Judge for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1983 to 1989.