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Law - Carhart Symposium

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Law and Religion in Conflict: Problems for Ethical Lawyering


Jon Eddy is professor of law and director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington’s School of Law in Seattle.   Since 2004, he has headed a State Department-funded initiative to support legal education in Afghanistan.  Growing from a small start, the program now engages Faculties of Law and Political Science and Faculties of Islamic Law at 11 Afghan universities. The program is widely regarded as one of the most successful justice sector initiatives in post-Taliban Afghanistan.  Eddy, a Seattle native, received his J.D. from the University of Washington, and his undergraduate degree with honors in Government from Harvard College.  His career has been equally divided between academia and private practice, and he has extensive experience in legal education and law reform in Africa, East and Southeast Asia, the Arabian Gulf and Afghanistan.


John M. Breen is a professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  As an undergraduate, Professor Breen studied the "Great Books" while majoring in Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  He graduated from Notre Dame in 1985 with highest honors.  He then attended Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisors, teaching research and writing to first year law students.  Following his graduation from Harvard in 1988, Professor Breen clerked for Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He then practiced law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago where he specialized in commercial litigation.  Professor Breen served as an associate visiting professor of law at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University from 1994-1996.  He joined the Loyola faculty in 1996.  At Loyola, he teaches or has taught courses in Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Jurisprudence, and Catholic Social Thought.   He has published numerous articles in law journals including the University of Miami Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.  His scholarly writings have addressed a wide variety of topics including commercial law, statutory interpretation, abortion, law and religion, professional responsibility and legal education.

Zachary Calo is the Michael and Dianne Swygert Research Fellow & associate professor of law at Valparaiso University School of Law.  He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1997 with two degrees, a B.A. and an M.A in History.  He received a J.D in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law; a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007; and is currently enrolled at the University of Virginia where he will receive a PH.D. in Religious Studies in 2013.  At Valparaiso, he teaches secured transactions, property law, comparative law and theology, law in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, international religious freedom and Islamic law and legal thought.  His scholarly publications have focused on many topics including human rights, theological jurisprudence and bioethical issues in health law.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Law and Religion and the Journal of Christian Legal Thought.  He is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, Section on Law and Religion.

Asifa Quraishi-Landes is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, specializing in comparative Islamic and American constitutional law and theory.  A 2009 Carnegie Scholar and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, Professor Quraishi-Landes is currently working on a book project titled “New Islamic Constitutionalism: Not Secular.  Not Theocratic.  Not Impossible.”  Her latest publications include a chapter in the recently published “Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (edited by Max Planck’s Tilmann Roder, Rainer Grote & Katrin Geenen) and "What if Sharia Weren't the Enemy: Re-Thinking International Women's Rights Activism and Islamic Law," published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law.  Professor Quraishi-Landes holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, and the University of California.  She has served as a Public Delegate on the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2010), on the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as advisor to the Pew Force on Religion & Public Life.

David Pimentel is a visiting associate professor at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.  David received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkely, his M.A. in economics from University California, Berkeley and his B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University.  Before commencing his academic career in 2007, Professor Pimentel headed the Rule of Law efforts in South Sudan for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, and has led court reform projects in Bosnia and Romania as well. He spent four years as the Chief of Court Management at the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. He has done research and consulting on issues of judicial structure and legal pluralism in Nepal, South Sudan, Mozambique, and Turkey. Professor Pimentel has considerable experience in the federal court system, particularly in the Circuit Executive's Offices in the 9th and 5th circuits, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; he spent the 1997-98 year in Washington as a Supreme Court Fellow. He commenced his career in the judiciary clerking for Senior District Judge Martin Pence, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, in Honolulu, after two years of practice with the law firm Perkins Coie in Seattle.  Professor Pimentel spent the 2010-11 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Sarajevo, researching the impact of post-war judicial reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

College of Law Room Number: 129