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Andy G. Olree

Professor of Law


B.B.A., Harding University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Andy Olree joined the faculty of Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in 2005. He received the J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a staff member on the University of Chicago Legal Forum.

Professor Olree’s research interests currently center on the First Amendment’s religion clauses, but he has also published in the areas of freedom of speech, U.S. legal history, and Christian legal theology. His articles have appeared in several leading journals, including Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Northwestern University Law Review, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and Connecticut Law Review, and his short piece for Alabama Lawyer on specialty license plates has been quoted favorably by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is currently writing a book examining James Madison’s attitudes toward religious establishments and associated practices. He is also the author of The Choice Principle: The Biblical Case for Legal Toleration, published by University Press of America in 2006.

Professor Olree regularly teaches Constitutional Law I and II, as well as various seminars on legal theology and civil liberties.

Representative Recent Publications

Articles and Essays

“Pride Ignorance and Knavery”: James Madison’s Formative Experiences with Religious Establishments, 36 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 211 (2013).

Identifying Government Speech, 42 Conn. L. Rev. 365 (2009).

The Continuing Threshold Test for Free Exercise Claims, 17 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 103 (2008).

James Madison and Legislative Chaplains, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev. 145 (2008).

Specialty License Plates: Look Who's Talking in the Sixth Circuit, 68 Ala. Lawyer 213 (2007).

Government as God's Agent: A Reconsideration of Romans 12 and 13, 8 Stone-Campbell J. 181 (2005).


James Madison and the Battle Against Religious Establishments (in progress).

The Choice Principle: The Biblical Case for Legal Toleration (Lanham, Md.: Univ. Press of America, 2006).

Book Reviews

13 Stone-Campbell J. 132 (2010) (reviewing Flowers, Rogers, & Green, Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (2008)).

10 Stone-Campbell J. 269 (2007) (reviewing John Witte, Jr., God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition (2006)).

Andy Olree

Contact Information

Phone: 386-7215
Email: aolree@faulkner.edu