The Legal Scholars Group is for members of the Unitarian Universalist Collegium who study, as the Law and Society Association describes, the "social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts." Legal Scholars may be specialists a variety of fields, including law, political science, policy, international affairs, and so on.

The current mascot for this group is James Quincy Adams ( 1767 - 1848), who spent most of his youth and adult life in public service to the United States, as senator, diplomat, secretary of state, president, and congressman. He made his greatest contribution to his country after his presidency, while serving in the United States House of Representatives as a staunch opponent of slavery and expansionist war.

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  • Dear Colleagues,

    I'm honored to join the legal scholars group. My legal research focuses on the intersection of civil and human rights laws in relation to issues of religion and public life. I specialize in the First Amendment in my role as the Associate Director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC.

    I have published articles and books about law and religion, with particular attention to blasphemy laws, capital punishment, corporations and contraception, establishment of religion, ethical eating, ethics of biotechnology, finance reform, free exercise of religion, human rights, immigration reform, marriage equality, and ritual circumcision. More at

    I'm looking forward to learning from you all.


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