Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Session – Vaccine Mandates: Religious Exemptions and Faith Communities

Time: 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Friday, September 16, 2022
Location: Van Metre Hall Auditorium

This session will examine issues arising from efforts to obtain exemptions from vaccination based on claimed religious objections. Matters covered will include:

  • Constitutionality of public and private mandates not containing religious exemptions
  • Assertion that legally required religious exemptions cannot meaningfully be obtained
  • Best practices in construction of religious exemption
  • Efforts to confirm claims of religious belief
  • Vaccination mandates from the perspective of faith communities


Roger L. Price, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Ret.), and author, When Judaism Meets Science

Shaykh Mustafa Umar, Director of Education and Outreach, Islamic Institute of Orange County 

Kathleen A. Curran, Esq. Senior Director of Public Policy, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Richard Hughes IV, Partner, Epstein Becker & Green; Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School