|Steve Harvey to lecture about "Intelligent Design" Case|
Stephen G. Harvey, a Philadelphia attorney, will discuss the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, which was the first challenge in U.S. Federal Court against a public school district that required teaching Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution. The lecture will be presented at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Baker Courtroom, UND School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The scientific community calls intelligent design a “pseudoscience.” Proponents say it is the best explanation for the creation of the universe. The Dover Area School District required the teaching of intelligent design to ninth grade students, but Tammy Kitzmiller and other parents of children in Dover, Pa., believed this religious-based idea had no place in public education. Harvey, along with other attorneys, represented Kitzmiller and other parents in the case.
The court ordered the district to stop reasoning that the policy violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States. The Dover mandate barred intelligent design from being taught in Pennsylvania's Middle District public school science classrooms.
Harvey is a partner in the Litigation Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. He concentrates his practice in financial services and commercial litigation. Harvey received his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1989 from Villanova University School of Law. He represented the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller case pro bono.
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