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Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Associations
  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment
  • Law & Religion
  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophical & Theological Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion & Political Theory
  • Secured Transactions

Dr. Mark C. Modak-Truran

 

J. Will Young Professor of Law

 

 

Education:

 

  • B.A., magna cum laude, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1983
  • M.A., The University of Chicago, 1988
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1989
  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2002

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

  • J. Will Young Professor of Law, Fall 2005 - present
  • Associate Professor of Law, 2002 - 2005
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1998 - 2002
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, 1997
  • Associate, Grippo & Elden, Chicago, IL, 1992 - 1994
  • Associate, Schiff Hardin, Chicago, IL, 1989 - 1991

 

 

Publications:

 

Articles

 

 

Book Reviews

 

  • Book Review, 88 J. Religion 257 (2008) (reviewing Michael J. Perry, Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts (2007)).
  • Book Review, 86 J. Religion 342 (2006)( reviewing James Hitchcock, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life: The Odyssey of the Religion Clauses (Vol. 1)(2004) and James Hitchcock, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life: From "Higher Law" to "Sectarian Scruples" (Vol. 2) (2004)). 
  • Book Review, Law and Politics Book Review, Volume 15, No. 8 (August 27, 2005) (http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/hammond-machacek-mazur805.htm ) (reviewing Phillip E. Hammond, et al. Religion on Trial: How Supreme Court Trends Threaten Freedom of Conscience in America   (2004)).  
  • Book Review, 84 J. Religion 136 (2004)(reviewing Lucinda Peach, Legislating Morality: Pluralism and Religious Identity in Lawmaking (2002)).
  • Book Review, Law & Politics Book Review, Vol. 13, No. 10 (October 2003) (http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/ Bauman1003.htm) (reviewing Richard W. Bauman, Ideology and Community in the First Wave of Critical Legal Studies (2002)).
  • Book Review, 82 J. Religion 313 (2002)(reviewing Eric Michael Mazur, The Americanization of Religious Minorities(1999)).
  • Book Review, 16 J. Law & Relig. 823 (2001)(reviewing Franklin I. Gamwell, Democracy on Purpose: Justice and the Reality of God (2000)).
  • Book Review, 79 J. Religion 160 (1999) (reviewing Michael J. Perry, Religion in Politics: Constitutional and Moral Perspectives (1997)).

 

 

Works in Progress:

 

  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part III): A Post-Secular Pluralistic Legitimation of Law (article).
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part II): The New Religious Pluralism and A Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion (article). 
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism: The New Religious Pluralism and A Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion (drafting book proposal for publishers).
  • Reenchanting the Law: The Religious Dimension of Judicial Decision Making (revising book manuscript).
  • Book Review, Law & Politics Book Review (2010) (reviewing Steven K. Green, The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth-Century America (2010).
  • Book Review, Law & Society Review (2010) (reviewing Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution (2009)).
  • Book Review, J. Church & St. (2009) (reviewing Austin Dacey, The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life (2008)).

 

 

Recent Presentations & Conference Papers: 

  • Panel Organizer and Presenter, A Pluralistic Post-Secular Legitimation of Law and Other Forms of Social Ordering, Panel entitled Re-Imagining the Structural Relationship between Law and Religion I & II, at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii (June 5-8, 2012).  
  • Panel Organizer and Presenter, A Pluralistic Post-Secular Legitimation of Law and Other Forms of Social Ordering, Panel entitled Re-Imagining the Structural Relationship between Law and Religion I & II, at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities at the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas (March 16-17, 2012).
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part III): A Post-Secular Pluralistic Legitimation of Law, at a conference entitled The Competing Claims of Law and Religion: Who Should Influence Whom? at Pepperdine University School of Law (February 23-25, 2012). 
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part III): A Post-Secular Pluralistic Legitimation of Law, Panel on Secularism as a Constitutional Problem, at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (June 2-5, 2011).  
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part III): A Post-Secular Pluralistic Legitimation of Law, Panel on Law and Religion, at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (March 11-12, 2011).
  • Pluralism and A Pluralistic Process Theory of Natural Law, for Politics as a Moral Question: A Conference on Process Philosophy and Political Theory, Martin E. Marty Center of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, in coordination with the Center for Process Studies, Chicago, Illinois (October 14-16, 2010).
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, Political Theology and A Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion, Panel on Political Theory and Law, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (May 27-30, 2010).
  • Political Theology and A Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion, Panel on Political Theory and Law, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, (March 19-20, 2010).
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part II): The New Religious Pluralism and A Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion, Panel on Perspective on Law and Religious Pluralism, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (May 28 - 31, 2009).
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part II): The New Religious Pluralism and A Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion, Panel on Law and Religion, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (April 3-4, 2009).
  • A Process Theory of Natural Law: Moving Beyond Modern and Deconstructive Postmodern Legal Theory, 2nd Political Theory Colloquium, The Center for Process Studies, a faculty center of Claremont School of Theology and affiliated with Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California (February 26-28, 2009).
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part II): A New Paradigm for Law and Religion, Journal of Law and Religion 25TH Anniversary Symposium, (October 23-25, 2008).
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part I): Toward a New Paradigm for Law and Religion, Panel on Locating Law and Religion, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (May 29-June 1, 2008).
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part I): Toward a New Paradigm for Law and Religion, Faculty Colloquium, University of St. Thomas School of Law (April 4, 2008).
  • Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part I): Toward a New Paradigm for Law and Religion, Faculty Colloquium, Hamline University School of Law (April 3, 2008).
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, Constructive Postmodern Relational Ontology: Moving Beyond Modern and Deconstructive Postmodern Legal Theory, Panel on Ontology and Legal Theory, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, University of California at Berkeley (March 28-29, 2008).
  • A Process Theory of Natural Law and the Rule of Law in China, Conference entitled Law, Morality, and Politics from a Constructive, Post-modern Perspective, China University for Political Science and Law, Beijing, China (July 8-9, 2007). 
  • Prolegomena to a Process Theory of Natural Law, Panel on Law and Ontology, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C. (March 23-24, 2007). 
  • Program Chair and Presenter, Religion, Religious Pluralism, and the Rule of Law , Section on Law and Religion, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 3, 2007)(program to be published in Mississippi College Law Review , Winter 2007).  (Click Here for Details)
  • Law and Religion: Taking Religion Seriously, Law and Religion Forum (with Michael J. Perry), Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi (September 22, 2006).
  • Prolegomena to a Process Theory of Natural Law, Section on Law, Human Rights, and the Rights of Nature at the International Whitehead Conference, Salzburg, Austria (July 3-6, 2006)(Co-Chair of Section on Law, Human Rights, and the Rights of Nature and presenter). 
  • The Ten Commandments, Religious Pluralism, and Conceptions of Law, Federalist Debate, Mississippi College School of Law (April 17, 2006). 
  • The Ten Commandments, Religious Pluralism, and Conceptions of Law, for Third Annual Austin College Law Symposium, Press Freedom and Religious Liberty in America, Austin College, Sherman, Texas   (March 31, 2006) ( http://www.austincollege.edu/Info.asp?4734 ). 
  • Conceptions of Law and the Separation of Church and State, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (March 17, 2006). 
  • Reenchanting the Law: Religious Pluralism and Conceptions of Law, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (March 12, 2005).
  • Reenchanting the Law: The Religious Dimension of Judicial Decision Making, The Center for Process Studies, a faculty center of Claremont School of Theology and affiliated with Claremont Graduate University (January 10, 2005).
  • Moderator for a Conference entitled The Sacred and The Secular: Three Conversations in Law, Religion, and Ethics, which is the 15th Annual Law, Religion and Ethics Symposium at Hamline University, School of Law (October 22, 2004).
  • Reenchanting International Law, Section on Law and Religion, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 3, 2003).
  • Reenchanting International Law, Conference: Democracy, Globalization, and Law (Co-Sponsored by Hamline University School of Law and the Center for Process Studies) St. Paul, Minnesota (September 19-23, 2002). 
  • Religion and the Full Justification of Judicial Decisions in Hard Cases, Section on Law and Religion, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 6, 2001).

 

 

Honors & Professional Memberships:

 

  • Mississippi College Distinguished Professor of the Year 2008.
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year 2003-2004 for the School of Law.
  • Association of American Law Schools: 
    • Section on Law and Religion: Co-Chair (2009), Co-Chair Elect (2008), Program Chair (2006), Co-Chair (2002), Co-Chair Elect and Newsletter Editor (2001), Program Co-Chair (2000)
    • Member of House of Representatives (2001, 2003, 2005)
  • American Bar Association.
  • American Academy of Religion.
  • Society of Christian Ethics.
  • American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. 

 

 

Admissions:

 

  • Illinois Bar
  • Northern District of Illinois (1989)