Panelist: “Syria Crisis Teach-In,” Sept. 18, at The Catholic University of America. (Sept. 2013).
Panelist: 32d Annual Meeting of the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions; on a panel titled “Reading Syllabuses/Headnotes: What Readers Want,” (Aug. 1, 2013).
Coach - a coach of seven-member Catholic University Vis Moot Court team, which competed against hundreds of other law school teams from around the world in Vienna, Austria. The annual William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot has grown into one of the world’s largest, attracting law school teams from 50 nations. (2010).
Presenter - to the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Private International Law on developments in the OAS Specialized Conference on Private International Law. The talk was given in his capacity as the U.S. member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States. (Oct. 2010).
“A Whole Text Reading of the War Powers Clauses: Why the Constitution’s Text Obviates Esoteric War Powers Debates and Encourages Policy Flexibility and Democratic Accountability,” 12 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 861 (2014); and “The Subsidy Question in King v. Burwell – A Federalist Response to Crony Capitalism,” 23 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 283 (2015).
Lincoln’s Legacy for American International Law, 28 Emory International Law Review 167 (2014).
Interviewed on radio program, "Trending Today," about the Boston Marathon bombing attack in April. (2013).
Quoted - online Houston Chronicle for an article about a House bill that would impose diplomatic penalties on countries that refuse to repatriate their diplomatic personnel convicted of serious crimes in the U.S. (June 23, 2011).
Plenary speaker - Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, (June 15-17, 2015), on the campus of Saint Louis University. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.
Plenary Speaker – "Law as a Source for the Social Historian: Possibilities and Pitfalls," at a conference in Nantes, France, titled "Minorités et cohabitations religieuses au Moyen-Âge," Oct. 20, (2014).
Plenary Speaker - The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, to be held from June 15-17, 2015, on the campus of Saint Louis University. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.
Presenter - "The Jurists' Defense of Indigenous Peoples in the New World," Oct. 4, at the International School of the Ius commune in Erice, Italy (2014).
Faculty luncheon speaker – traced history of “Stand Your Ground” legal doctrine that formed the defense of George Zimmerman in his trial for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin with a handgun. (March, 2014).
Lecture - “Popular Sovereignty in Political Thought, 1100 to 1650,” before the political science faculty of the University of Toronto. (2014).
Presentation, “Moderamen inculpatae tutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” at Notre Dame University (2014).
Lecture - Nov. 15 lecture at Villanova Law School on “John T. Noonan’s Contributions to Legal History,” (2013).
Participant - In a roundtable at the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung’s Annual Meeting on June 3, discussing “International Scholarly Cooperation,” in Berlin, Germany, (2013).
Awarded - An Alexander von Humboldt fellowship of $16,000 for three months during the summer of 2013 to do research on Roman law manuscripts in Germany. The grant permits him to continue work on his book"The Beginnings of the Ius commune: Legal Education and the Role of Jurists in Medieval Society," (2012).
Lecture - “The Law's Violence against Medieval and Early Modern Jews”; Syracuse University, Sept. 28; offered again at the International School for the Iu, Erice, Sicily, (2012).
Appointed: to a five-year term beginning in Jan., 2012, as a corresponding member of the Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche by Rev. President Bernard Ardura, O.Praem. The Comitato was established by Pope Pius XII in 1954 for “the purpose of representing the Holy See at various international institutions.”
Speaker: at UCLA Law School on "Medieval and Early Modern Jurists' Definitions of Torture and its Use in the Courts," (2012).
Presenter: three lectures at Harvard University and Harvard Law School on “Reading the Ius Commune: The Secrets of Roman and Canon Law Manuscripts," (2012).
"The Biography of Gratian: The Father of Canon Law," Villanova Law Review 59 (2014) 679-706, (2014). “Gratian and the Jews,” “Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 31 (2014) 111-124; “Moderamen inculpatae tutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” Rivista internazionale di diritto commune 24 (2014) 27-55; and “Gratian and Compurgation,” Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 31 (2014) 253-256.
“Moderamen inculpatae tutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” Rivista internazionale di diritto comune 24 (2013) 27-55. (2014).
“Concilium lateranense III 1179,” (with Atria A. Larson), Conciliorum oecumenicorum generaliumque decreta, 2: The Oecumenical Councils of the Roman Catholic Church, ed. Alberto Melloni et alii. Corpus Christianorum. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013) 115-147. (2014).
“Concilium lugdunense I 1245,” (with Atria A. Larson), Conciliorum oecumenicorum generaliumque decreta, 2: The Oecumenical Councils of the Roman Catholic Church, ed.Alberto Melloni et alii. Corpus Christianorum. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 205-245. (2014).
A Polish translation of Professor Pennington’s book, “The Prince and the Law, 1200-1600: Sovereignty and Rights in the Western Legal Tradition,” was published by the University of Warsaw Press. (2013).
"Roman Law at the Papal Curia in the Early Twelfth Century," Canon Law, Religion, and Politics: Liber Amicorum Robert Somerville, edited by Uta-Renate Blumenthal, Anders Winroth, and Peter Landau (Washington, DC: The Catholic University Press of America, 2012) 233-252. (2013).
“Women on the Rack: Torture and Gender in the Ius commune,” Recto ordine procedit magister: Liber amicorum E.C. Coppens, edited by Jan Hallebeek . Louis Berkvens, Jan Hallenbeek, Georges Martyn, and Paul Nève (Iuris Scripta Historica 28; Brussels: Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1212) 243-257. (2013).
"The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500." Wilfried Hartmann and Kenneth Pennington, Editors. History of Medieval Canon Law, Vol. 4 (Washington, DC: The Catholic University Press of America, 2012). (2012).
"Law as Profession and Practice in Medieval Europe," Essays in honor of James A. Brundage (2011). Edited by Kenneth Pennington, and Melodie Harris Eichbauer. (2012).
Essay: "Rights," Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy, ed. George Klosko (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) 530-543. (2012).
Book: “The History of Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX” (History of Medieval Canon Law; Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2008; an essay, "The Practical Use of Roman Law in the Early Twelfth-Century," Handlung und Wissenschaft: Die Epistemologie der Praktischen Wissenschaften im 12. und 13. Jahrhundert, ed. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann and Alexander Fidora (Wissenskultur und Gesellschaftlicher Wandel 29; Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2008) 11-31; and an article, "Lex naturalis and Ius naturale," The Jurist 68 (2008) 569-591. (2012).
Professor Pennington is the author of “Torture and Fear: Enemies of Justice,@ Rivista internazionale di diritto comune 19 (2008) 203-242 (Dec. 2009); and “Roman Law, 12th Century Law and Legislation,” Von der Ordunug zur Norm: Statuten in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. Edited by Gisela Drossbach (Paderborn-München-Wien-Zürich: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2010) 17-38. (2012).
Interviewed - CBS This Morning (March 9, 2015) discussing the ransom demands of thieves who stole letters from the Vatican written by the Renaissance master Michelangelo.
Interviewed - by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on the Cardinals’ choice of the next pope. (Feb. 2013).
Quoted – by the New York Times for “When a Pope Reties, Is He Still Infallible?” (Feb. 17, 2013).
Quoted - in Bloomberg Businessweek on precedent set by papal resignation. (Feb. 11, 2013).
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Advocate - Supreme Court win streak continued on Jan. 20 with a 9-0 decision in Holt v. Hobbs, in which the Court found unconstitutional an Arkansas policy that forbid beards grown for religious reasons by prisoners incarcerated by the state. Rienzi is a senior counsel for the Virginia-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which successfully represented plaintiff Abdul Muhammad in the case. (2015)
Advocate - Argued McCullen v. Coakley before the United States Supreme Court on January 15th. The case asked the high court to find unconstitutional a seven year-old Massachusetts law that requires anti-abortion counselors to stay at least 35 feet away from the front doors of abortion clinics in the state. The case was decided unanimously in favor of Rienzi's client, Eleanor McCullen. (2014).
Honored - with award from the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund in Boston for pro bono litigation work. (April 11, 2014).
Advocate - on behalf of a Montgomery County, Md., pregnancy center on Dec. 6 before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Rienzi continued his representation of Centro Tepeyac, which provides pregnancy counseling information to expectant mothers in Montgomery County but does not offer abortion or birth control services. (2012).
Debate: With an ACLU attorney on Nov. 28 at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Professor Rienzi debated the constitutionality of the HHS mandate that forces employers to cover contraception in their health plans, regardless of religious objection. (2012).
Panelist: “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty,” Sept.13. Professor Rienzi joined fellow leading Catholic scholars at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs to discuss “Religious Freedom and Chick-Fil-A Conflicts." (2012).
Lecture: "The Constitutional Right not to Kill: Conscience Rights and the HHS Mandate" at Harvard Law School during the second week in March. (2012).
Delivered "Religious Liberty, Free Speech, and the Fight for Life," the Twentieth Annual Mirror of Justice Lecture, (Feb. 29, 2012).
Published: "The Constitutional Right to Refuse: Roe, Casey, and the Fourteenth Amendment Rights of Healthcare Providers," 87 Notre Dame L Review, Issue 1. (2012).
“Neutral No More: Secondary Effects Analysis and the Quiet Demise of the Content-Neutrality Test” in the Fordham Law Review (2014)
“God and the Profits: Is There Religious Liberty for Money-Makers?” in the George Mason University Law Journal, (2014).
"Unequal Treatment of Religious Exercises Under RFRA: Explaining the Outliers in the HHS Mandate Cases," 99 VA. L. REV. ONLINE 10 (2013).
Quoted in reference to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the brief, which was filed to SCOTUS on their behalf
Quoted in a Boston Globe column on free speech and abortion rights
Quoted - by both Reuters and the Baltimore Sun about the Supreme Court’s March 9 decision to send back a lower court ruling involving contraception coverage under the Obama Administration’s healthcare law.
Interviewed - by both CNN and the Associated Press about Indiana’s recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (March 31, 2015).
Profiled -in a National Catholic Register story about his recent Supreme Court victories. (July 24, 2014).
Interviewed on Fox News
to discuss threat the HHS mandate poses to the Little Sisters of the Poor, (Sept. 27, 2013).
Author: online column in the Publicdiscourse.com, "God and the Profits: Religious Liberty for Money-Makers." (March 19, 2013).
Interviewed – Dec. 19 in National Review Online about D.C. Circuit Court Ruling on Religious Freedom. (2012).
Quoted: First Circuit weighs “Citizens United-based challenge to abortion protest restriction,” The National Law Journal, (Nov. 7, 2012).
Quoted: “Lawsuits against HHS mandate rage on nationwide,” Our Sunday Visitor, (Nov. 9, 2012).
Quoted: “Owned Business Files Federal Lawsuit Over Morning-After Mandate,” ABC News, (Sept. 12, 2012).
Op-ed: “ObamaCare Constitution Fight not over yet,” published online by USA Today, (July 6, 2012).
Author, June 4 op-ed in National Review Online, "The Church Pushes Back." (2012).
Quoted: “Federal appeals court hears Maryland abortion center free speech case,” Associated Press, (March 23, 2012).
Interviewed: by a variety of media outlets on the contraception and abortion drug insurance coverage mandates of the Administration’s health care law. Press coverage included Fox 5-TV, Xinhua News Agency, the Diane Rehm Show, WJLA-TV, Politico, the National Review online, Christian Broadcasting Network, the Laura Ingraham Show, the National Catholic Register and the National Journal. Rienzi was also quoted by Reuters about FCC indecency standards, and was the author of an op-ed in the National Catholic Register on the Hosanna Tabor case. (2012).
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