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. He is currently the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law Emeritus at the University of Texas School of Law.
Doug 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. 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 published in a five-volume collection: Religious Liberty: Volume One: Overviews and History; Volume Two: The Free Exercise Clause; Volume Three: Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, Same-Sex Marriage Legislation, and the Culture Wars; Volume Four: Federal Legislation After the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, with More on the Culture Wars; and Volume Five: The Free Speech and Establishment Clauses.
Doug was elected to The American Law Institute in October 1983 and was elected to the Council in May 2001. He served as Second Vice President from 2008 to 2015, and as First Vice President from 2015 to 2019. He resigned from the Council and Vice Presidency in 2019 to become a Reporter for Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Remedies. He is an Adviser to Principles of the Law, Student Sexual Misconduct: Procedural Frameworks for Colleges and Universities, and previously served as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law Third, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment.
Before joining the University of Virginia's faculty in 2010, Doug served as the Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to that he taught for 25 years at the University of Texas and for five years at the University of Chicago.
He earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.