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Nomi M. Stolzenberg
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Nomi M. Stolzenberg is the Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair in Law at USC School of Law, Director of USC's Program on Religious Accommodation, and co-director of USC's Center for Law, History and Culture. Her research spans a range of interdisciplinary interests, including law and religion, law and liberalism, law and feminism, and law and literature.
Her widely respected publications include the frequently cited “He Drew a Circle that Shut Me Out’: Assimilation, Indoctrination, and the Paradox of a Liberal Education” and “The Profanity of Law” (in Law and the Sacred, Stanford University Press). She is currently at work on a book about the Satmar community of Kiryas Joel with David Myers.


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The Hollow Promise of Justice Alito's Plan B

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:32 AM

On Monday, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the Supreme Court relied heavily on "less restrictive alternatives" when it exempted closely-held corporations from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. Justice Alito stressed that such alternatives would have "zero" effect on their employees. This assertion was drawn into question by another...

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When the Personal Is Judicial: What's So Jewish About Justice Kagan's Opinion in Town of Greece?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Co-authored with Lila Corwin Berman, Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History, Temple University.

Her historical error aside, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's decision to close her dissenting opinion in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway with the exchange between the Jewish community of Newport,...

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Kiryas Joel: Theocracy in America?

(16) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 2:30 PM

This past Monday, Federal Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued a major, press-worthy ruling in which he voided the $285 million settlement that the Securities and Exchange Commission had forged with Citigroup. Much less noticed was another decision by Judge Rakoff rendered the same day....

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The Separation of Church and State and American Politics

(249) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 8:33 PM

Everyone is having a good laugh at Christine O'Donnell's expense. Supposedly, her professed disbelief that the Constitution contains a guarantee of the separation of church and state reveals a profound ignorance of the principles that our Constitution secures. The fact of the matter, though, is that O'Donnell is merely repeating...

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