Professor Alan E. Brownstein joined the BYU Law faculty in August 2016 as Distinguished Visiting Professor for fall semester. He is teaching The Fourteenth Amendment and will also teach Church and State in the United States and International Protection of Religious Freedom with Professors Durham and Scharffs,
“I was delighted to receive an invitation to teach at BYU Law for a semester,” Professor Brownstein said. “Much of my scholarship relates to church-state issues, and BYU Law has several distinguished faculty members who work in this area.”
Professor Brownstein wants his students to gain an understanding of their duty to society through their study of Constitutional law. “I hope students studying Constitutional law will accept some cultural responsibility as members of the legal profession for engaging in the continuing work of making the Constitution meaningful and for helping people without legal training to understand current Constitutional law disputes,” he said.
Before coming to BYU, Professor Brownstein taught at UC Davis School of Law. Prior to teaching at UC Davis, he was an attorney in general litigation and corporate practice with the law firm Tuttle & Taylor in Los Angeles. From 1977-78, he clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Portland, Maine.
Professor Brownstein completed a J.D. from Harvard Law School and undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from Antioch College.