MSU College of Law

Board of Trustees

Douglas Laycock


Elected 9/29/10

Douglas Laycock, a 1970 graduate of The Honors College at Michigan State University, is the Robert E. Scott Distinguished 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), and Volume II, The Free Exercise Clause (2011), have already 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 of 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.