Newman University to present Hobby Lobby attorney Kevin Walsh at Sept. 19 lecture

Aug 21, 2014

Newman University will present Kevin C. Walsh, consulting attorney for the Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby case recently argued before the Supreme Court, as guest speaker for a Constitution Day Lecture. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Performance Hall, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.

The title of Walsh’s lecture is “Catholic Justice at the Supreme Court.” The event is free and open to the public. The Constitution Day lecture is presented by the Division of Academic Affairs at Newman University.

Kevin Walsh
Kevin Walsh

Walsh will compare the recent rulings of Catholic justices with the amicus briefs filed by the U.S. bishops as a means for talking about the relationship between Catholicism, Catholic justices and the Court/Constitution. Walsh was a member of the legal team that represented Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court case regarding the Affordable Care Act.

“We wanted a speaker who would highlight an important contemporary issue with deep Constitutional implications,” said Newman Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin, Ph.D. “At the current time, no Constitutional issue is more important in our public discourse than the relationship between the Affordable Care Act and the free exercise of religion.”

Walsh has served as Associate Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law since 2009. He teaches and writes in the areas of federal jurisdiction and constitutional law. His work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and other publications. Walsh was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law. He also clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Walsh earned an A.B. at Dartmouth College in 1998, an M.A. at the University of Notre Dame in 1999, and a J.D. at the Harvard Law School in 2002.