Scott Gaylord and Erwin Chemerinsky offer public analysis of Supreme Court’s legislative prayer case
Elon Law professor and Constitutional Law scholar Scott Gaylord, who filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Town of Greece v. Galloway case, discussed the Court’s decision in the case with University of California Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on May 6 through a National Constitution Center podcast.
Gaylord’s amicus curiae brief for Town of Greece v. Galloway and his public analysis of the case expand on his research exploring jurisprudence at the intersection of the Constitution’s free speech and establishment clauses, examining 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. Gaylord’s scholarship in this area includes the article, “When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Marsh and Sectarian Legislative Prayer Post-Summum,” published in 2011 in the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
After the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Town of Greece v. Galloway in December, Gaylord offered four reasons why he believed the Court would rule in favor of the Town of Greece in a Constitution Daily article. Gaylord provided analysis of the Greece v Galloway decision for the News & Record, WFMY News 2 and WAAV radio. He has provided analysis of the Greece v. Galloway case for news publications nationally, including the National Law Journal, High Point Enterprise, News 14 Carolina, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and WFAE radio, a National Public Radio affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.
Gaylord has presented scholarship on this matter in recent months at Florida Coastal School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law and Wayne State University Law School.