The Supreme Court and religion in focus at Rice’s Boniuk Institute March 31


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

The Supreme Court and religion in focus at Rice’s Boniuk Institute March 31

HOUSTON – (March 17, 2015) – Rice University President David Leebron and Lawrence Sager, one of the nation’s leading constitutional theorists and scholars, will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court and religion at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance March 31. The event is free and open to the public.

The discussion, “The Supreme Court Gets Religion: Recent Head-Turning Cases,” will be at 7 p.m. in Herring Hall, Room 100, 6100 Main St. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the event. Public registration is requested at

Leebron is a former professor and dean of Columbia Law School. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Law Review in his second year. Sager is the Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin and a visiting scholar at Rice.

The Boniuk Institute was founded in 2013 with a gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk. It is an expansion of the Boniuk Center that was created at Rice in 2004 with a gift from the Boniuks. The Boniuk Center was dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faiths, especially youth, and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. The Boniuk Institute’s expanded mission focuses on research, education and community engagement.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.