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By BJC Staff Reports



Constitutional law scholar Alan Brownstein will deliver the 2015 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, to be held April 7-8 on the Mercer University campuses in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia.

Brownstein, who teaches at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, has written extensively about First Amendment issues, concentrating mostly on the religion clauses. His assistance is often sought by advocacy groups on issues relating to religious liberty and equality. He is a frequent invited lecturer at academic conferences and regularly participates as a speaker or panelist in law-related programs before civic, legal, religious and educational groups.

Brownstein received the UC Davis School of Law’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995 and the school’s Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2008. He is a member of the American Law Institute. As of January 1, 2015, Brownstein will be an emeritus member of the Law School faculty.

A graduate of Antioch College and Harvard Law School, Brownstein practiced law in Los Angeles before joining the UC Davis Law faculty.

In 2004, the Shurdens of Macon, Georgia, made a gift to the BJC to establish the annual lectureship. Designed to enhance the ministry and programs of the BJC, the lectures are held at Mercer University every three years and at another seminary, college or university the other years. For the latest information about the 2015 Shurden Lectures and to see videos of past events, visit our website at

From the October 2014 Report From the Capital. Click here to read the next article.