Douglas Laycock

Prof. Douglas Laycock

Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law; Class of 1963 Re, University of Virginia School of Law

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 four decades at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and now Virginia.

Laycock has testified frequently before Congress and has argued many cases in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. 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 One: Overviews and History, and Volume Two: The Free Exercise Clause, have been published. Volume Three: Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and Same-Sex Marriage Legislation, and Volume Four: Federal Religious Liberty Legislation After RFRA, are ready for the printer, and Volume Five: The Free Speech and Establishment Clauses is in preparation.

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 Law School.



  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1973
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1970
2017 National Student Symposium - "The First Amendment in Contemporary Society"