Baylor Will Host Legal Scholar for Robert T. Miller Lecture

Oct. 15, 2009

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Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., will present The Religious Exemptions Debate at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Bennett Auditorium at Baylor University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be presented by Baylor's Department of Political Science for the annual Robert T. Miller Lecture Series. Laycock, Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, will discuss whether certain religious beliefs should be exempt from the law.

"Laycock will highlight Amish children and the religious belief to pull the children out of school at the age of 13, while the law says the minimum age is 16," said Dr. Jerold Waltman, the R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science at Baylor and coordinator for the Miller Lecture Series.

The endowed lecture series is named after the late Dr. Robert T. Miller, Baylor's former chair of the Department of Political Science. He authored several books, including Church and State in Scripture History and Constitutional Law and The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule.

"We are very pleased to have Laycock talk about these important and timely topics," Waltman said. "I hope that students will gain an intellectual and personal set of insights from Laycock's presentation."

Laycock is a graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and the University of Chicago Law School. He is the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute.

In 2008, Laycock served as the co-editor of the publication Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts.

Bennett Auditorium is located adjacent to Draper Hall at 1420 S. 7th Street on the Baylor campus in Waco.

For more information, contact Waltman at

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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