March 02, 2020

Advocacy for Inclusion: A Panel Discussion with Ellery Schempp and the ACLU of Pennsylvania


In celebration of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania’s centennial anniversary, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee invites you to reflect on significant advocacy milestones that have challenged barriers to inclusion.

Ellery Schempp is a retired physicist and the primary student involved in the landmark 1963 United States Supreme Court decision of Abington School District v. Schempp, in which the Court declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional. Public opinion about the ruling remains divided, sparking persistent and ongoing discussion to this day.

Ellery will join panelists Mary Catherine Roper, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of PA, Maria L.H. Lewis, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Faegre Drinker, and moderator Daniel H. Aiken, Office Leader of Faegre Drinker’s Philadelphia office and General Counsel of the ACLU of PA to discuss this landmark case, the Bill of Rights, and the importance of advocacy as a tool for ensuring inclusion for our ever-increasing diverse population.

Join us for a thoughtful conversation as we focus on creating inclusive environments in society, education, and law through advocacy. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Please contact


Faegre Drinker
One Logan Square, Suite 2000
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Registration and networking
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Discussion and Q+A
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Reception


This program has been approved for:

  • Pennsylvania – 1.0 substantive, live credit
  • New Jersey – 1.2 general live credit
  • New York – 1.0 Diversity/Inclusion
  • California – 1.0 general credit
  • Texas – 1.0 general credit
  • Illinois – 1.0 Diversity/Inclusion

If you are seeking CLE credit for another jurisdiction, please contact for eligibility.

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