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About the Authors

Brett Scharffs

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Brett G. Scharffs is the associate director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.  His scholarly interests are law and religion, corporate law, international business law and philosophy of law.

Professor Scharffs clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and worked as a legal assistant to the Honorable George H. Aldrich at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague.  Before teaching at BYU, he worked as an attorney for the New York law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell.  Before coming to BYU Law School, he taught at Yale University and the George Washington University Law School.  He is currently serving as Chair of the Law and Religion section of the American Association of Law Schools.


Cole Durham

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Cole Durham is internationally known for his contributions to protecting religious freedoms.  In 2009, Professor Durham received the International First Freedom Award for his work.  In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Durham is the director of BYU’s Center for Law and Religion Studies.

Before teaching at the BYU Law School, Professor Durham worked as a law clerk for Judge Ainsworth, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.  He was also a Max Rheinstein fellow in West Germany in 1979, secretary of the American Association for the comparative Study of Law Executive Committee, and chair of the Comparative Law Section and Law and Religion Section of the American Association of Law Schools.