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CUA Law professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in several publications in reference to Justice Scalia's death and what it means for the upcoming Little Sisters of the Poor case before SCOTUS. See below. 

Effect of Scalia's Death on Health-Care Cases Uncertain

From: Bloomberg BNA
Date: February 16, 2016
By Mary Anne Pazanowski


The religious nonprofits' case always “has been strong,” Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA, adding that the group, which represents several challengers, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, “still feels good about the case.”

While Rienzi said Scalia's passing is a “terrible and sad tragedy,” he doesn't see the remaining justices forcing a group of Roman Catholic nuns to participate in the mandate, especially because many employers are exempt from it, and the government has other ways to ensure women are given access to contraception.

Rienzi said an employee of an objecting group, like the Little Sisters, can go to an exchange and obtain a plan that provides the coverage to which the groups object. The “government doesn't need to involve the nuns,” and Rienzi said he doesn't see the justices disagreeing with that.

Read the full Bloomberg BNA article here.


What Will Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for the Little Sisters of the Poor?

From: National Catholic Register
Date: February 18, 2016


“We expect to win,” added Mark Rienzi, the Little Sisters’ lawyer from the Becket Fund, a public interest group that also represents EWTN in its separate lawsuit against the HHS mandate. The Register is a service of EWTN.

“The Hobby Lobby decision was 5-4, but this is the Little Sisters of the Poor — it is not a ‘business,’” said Rienzi, in a reference to objections raised by some justices, who contended that a for-profit company like Hobby Lobby had no free-exercise rights.

Read the full National Catholic Register article here. Professor Rienzi was also mentioned in, click here to view the article.



Mark Rienzi  

Professor Mark L. Rienzi's
Areas of Expertise

Religious Liberty

Free Speech


Fourteenth Amendment

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