University of St. Thomas Professor Presents to Vatican

At the annual International Study Seminar on “Women and Work” earlier this month organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas had the honor of presenting her work.

Elizabeth Schiltz, law professor, Thomas J. Abood Research Scholar, and Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, presented her essay “Motherhood: Benefit or Burden to Business?” to an audience of 100 experts on “issues such as gender stereotypes and reality, penalization of motherhood, and pay inequity, among others.”

In her essay, Shiltz makes an adept argument for having more mothers in the workforce. She notes:

  1. Businesses want women workers, and most women workers want to be mothers.
  2. Businesses benefit long term from the care-giving work of mothers, and should thus shoulder some of its cost.
  3. Accommodating motherhood is not, in fact, as much of a burden on businesses as is commonly though.
  4. Mothers offer some unique and valuable skills to the workplace.

For all of these reasons, Schiltz posits that creating a world order where women and mothers can more easily access and enjoy the workforce would be beneficial to all. Lucky for University of St. Thomas, Schiltz has made this an area of focus at the Murphy Institute!

How does your campus advocate for working mothers? Let us know! 

Jesuit Law Schools using Skills to help Asylum Seekers

Law students from thirteen different Jesuit law schools are using their knowledge and expertise to assist those who have immigrated to the United States from Central America and are seeking asylum. In recognition of World Refugee Day, these schools collaborated to create a report both detailing the work they are doing as well as the challenges they face in delivering these services.

Participating law schools are: Boston College, Creighton University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Loyola University Chicago (in close collaboration with the Center for the Human Rights of Children housed at Loyola University Chicago), Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Loyola University New Orleans, Saint Louis University (in close collaboration with the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry housed at Saint Louis University), Santa Clara University, Seattle University, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of San Francisco.

Click here to read an article by the Jesuit Refugee Service about the work these schools are doing, and click here to read the report that the schools published.

Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice

In Fall 2015, the interdisciplinary conference, Patents on Life, will be held at Cambridge University in England. Sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas, this two-day international conference will examine the ethics of patent ownership of living matter, the effects of private ownership and restriction of access of genetic knowledge, and the intrinsic morality of various forms of research proposed as subject matter for patentability.

Starting on Friday, September 4th and lasting until Saturday September 5th, the Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice conference will bring together leaders from a wide range of disciplinary expertise and perspectives to address the legal, ethical, and political questions surrounding the patenting of life forms and the role that law can play in the construction of just patent laws throughout the world.

Register now for your opportunity to explore the wisdom of patents on living matter! To learn more about registration fees, accommodations, and other information regarding the international Patents on Life conference, click here.