Status of Legal Protection of Religious Freedom

Hybrid Service (In-person at Mano a Mano and online via Zoom)

Speaker: Deepinder Singh Mayell – Moderator: Leticia Smith

Deepinder Singh Mayell will speak about the current landscape of the free exercise of religion in Minnesota and around the country. He will also talk about ACLU’s work to counter efforts to blur the constitutional separation of church and state.

Deepinder, Executive Director of ACLU-MN, brings two decades of legal and advocacy experience supporting innovative strategies to protect the rights and dignity of marginalized communities. He comes to the ACLU-MN. He previously served as executive director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School. There, he worked closely with faculty, staff, law firms, and allies to develop the center’s programs, including working with the ACLU-MN to create legal immigration clinics in rural areas.

A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Deepinder has spent his career working for vulnerable populations. His past research work has included the constitutionality of prolonged detention of prisoners at Guantanamo, and research on labor conditions in apparel factories in Jakarta, Indonesia.