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Douglas Laycock


Elected 9/29/10

Douglas Laycock, a 1970 graduate of The Honors College at Michigan State University, is the Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is also the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served for 25 years. He has published many articles on religious liberty and other issues of constitutional law, as well as articles and two books on the law of remedies. His many writings on religious liberty are forthcoming in a four-volume collection from Eerdmans Publishing. Volume I, Overviews and History (2010), has just appeared.

Laycock has extensive appellate litigation experience, including in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has played a key role—both in public and behind the scenes—in developing state and federal religious liberty legislation. He has represented clients across the religious and political spectrum, from the National Association of Evangelicals to the American Civil Liberties Union.

He is a graduate the University of Chicago Law School, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a vice president of the American Law Institute. He received the 2009 National First Freedom Award from the Council on America’s First Freedom.

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