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Scott Gaylord featured in Elon's 2016 President's Report

An annual showcase of the university's strongest faculty and student scholarship spotlighted an Elon Law professor whose expertise has influenced judicial decisions and media coverage of the law.

Professor Scott Gaylord

An Elon Law professor nationally known for his insightful views on First Amendement legal questions was one of eight faculty members featured in Elon University's 2016 President's Report.

Elon President Leo M. Lambert recognized Professor Scott Gaylord for scholarly articles published in high-profile law reviews that often lead to amicus briefs on court cases addressing freedom of religion.

In addition to educating students, Gaylord offers explanation through op-eds in national publications such as the New York Times and USA Today and provides interviews for radio shows, including the “Diane Rehm Show” and NPR affiliates, podcasts and television.

"Through intellectual inquiry and entrepreneurial spirit, Elon scholars are expanding knowledge, providing new insights and working to solve difficult problems that challenge humanity," Elon University President Leo M. Lambert said of the faculty members featured in the 2016 report. "Their work exemplifies the best of an Elon education and I hope you share my pride as you learn about their accomplishments."


Gaylord’s legal research explores jurisprudence at the intersection of the Constitution’s Free Speech and Establishment Clauses, exploring the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s newly minted government speech doctrine on legislative prayer and other forms of facially religious government speech. His most recent scholarship examines the scope of First Amendment speech and religion under the Roberts Court.

Before joining Elon, Gaylord practiced with the Charlotte, N.C. firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson. During seven years with the firm, Gaylord handled complex civil and commercial litigation involving breach of contract, unfair trade practice, bankruptcy and appellate work in both state and federal courts. He served as a law clerk to Judge Edith Jones on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston from 1999 to 2000.

Eric Townsend,
12/21/2016 5:25 PM