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Mark Chopko Serves as Panelist at University of Messina Virtual Conference

June 01, 2021
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon Partner Mark Chopko served as a panelist on the virtual international conference, entitled “The Crisis of Religious Freedom in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic,” hosted by the Department of Law at the University of Messina in Italy on May 28. The international conference followed the publication of law journal articles in Geneva from scholars addressing some aspect of the impact of COVID-19 on religious freedoms. Chopko’s paper analyzed the constitutionality of providing public funds for U.S. houses of worship during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chopko chairs the firm’s nonprofit and religious organizations practice group and advises clients, including colleges and universities, in matters involving structural, business, governance, regulatory and complex litigation. He specializes in defending religious organizations and also teaches a seminar on church-state law at Georgetown University Law Center and is an adjunct in the School of Foreign Service. A former general counsel for the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops, he has participated in more than 30 Supreme Court cases as counsel for religious groups in friend-of-the-Court briefs.

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