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2018 Chautauqua Season

2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Douglas Laycock

Aug 6, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 6, 2018 3:15pm



Douglas Laycock is perhaps the nation’s leading authority on the law of religious liberty and also on the law of remedies.  He has taught and written about these topics for more than four decades at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and now the University of Virginia.

Laycock has testified frequently before Congress and has argued many cases in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has served as lead counsel in six cases and filed many amicus briefs. He is the author of the leading casebook Modern American Remedies, the award-winning monograph The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule, and many articles in the leading law reviews.  He co-edited a collection of essays, Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty.

His many writings on religious liberty are being published in a five-volume collection. Religious Liberty: Volume 1: Overviews and History, and Volume 2: The Free Exercise Clause, have been published. Volume 3: Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, Same-Sex Marriage Legislation, and the Culture Wars; Volume 4: Federal Legislation after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, with More on the Culture Wars; and Volume 5: The Free Speech and Establishment Clauses, are at the printer.

Laycock is Vice President of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.


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