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Posted Jan. 12, 2010

Laycock to Join Virginia Law Faculty

Douglas Laycock

Professor Douglas Laycock will join the University of Virginia law faculty in the fall.

“We are delighted to welcome Doug Laycock to the Law School faculty,” said Dean Paul G. Mahoney. “He is one of the nation’s foremost scholars and teachers of remedies and of religious liberties.”

Laycock, the Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan since 2006, also taught at the University of Texas Law School for 25 years and before that at the University of Chicago Law School. He is married to Teresa Sullivan, who will join the University of Virginia as president Aug. 1. 

“I am delighted to be a tag-along spouse at the University of Virginia Law School,” Laycock said. “Virginia is one of the nation’s great law schools, and I look forward to joining its faculty.”

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 leading law reviews. He recently co-edited a collection of essays, “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty.”

His scholarship on religious liberty has covered conflicts between government regulation and religious practice, government funding of religious institutions and government speech issues such as school prayer and municipal Nativity scenes.

“Doug Laycock is an extraordinary scholar, a great teacher, and a very accomplished lawyer,” said Professor Kenneth S. Abraham. “He is versatile, creative, practical and energetic. He will be a wonderful addition to our faculty.”

Laycock is vice president of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the 2009 winner of the National First Freedom Award from the Council on America's First Freedom.  He earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.