Jay Wexler, author of "Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to
the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars" will talk
about the various people and places he visited
researching the book and about the current state of First
Amendment law in the United States.
Wexler is Professor of Law at Boston University, where
he has taught church/state law, and environmental law
since 2001. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the
University of Chicago Divinity School, and Stanford
Law School. Wexler worked at the U.S. Department of
Justice and as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wexler has received many great reviews, including this from Publishers Weekly:
“Wexler’s lucid explications of difficult constitutional concepts and the vagaries of Supreme Court rulings are superb, providing readers a deeper understanding of the First Amendment and Supreme Court jurisprudence. But that’s only half the story. Wexler is laugh-out-loud funny as he narrates his odyssey through battleground sites from rural Wisconsin through Texas to the chambers of the U.S. Senate. Along the way he happily and with a usually generous spirit skewers Supreme Court justices, legislators, educators, law school professors and pretty much anyone else, including himself, who has ever taken a position on the enduring American controversies surrounding prayer in schools, religious displays on public property, or the teaching of evolution. This is a rare treat, a combination of thoughtful analysis and quirky humor that illuminates an issue that rarely elicits a laugh.”