Faulkner Law Faculty Profile – Andy Olree
Name: Andy Olree
Years at Faulkner Law: 11
Undergraduate Institution: Harding University
Graduate Institution: University of Chicago
Relevant Past Legal Employment: Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson (associate), Harding University (political science professor)
Classes Taught: American Constitutional Order, First Amendment & Individual Rights, Freedom of Expression, Religion & the Constitution, Law & Christian Theology
Q: Name the particular area of focus in your academic research & why.
My research focuses on the First Amendment’s religion clauses, freedom of speech, U.S. legal history, and Christian legal theology. I suppose the common thread running through all these areas is a concern to limit the state’s power to influence and control matters of individual conscience and its exercise. I am interested in what U.S. history tells us about the exercise of such power and about attempts to reign in such power. I am interested in the religion and speech clauses of the First Amendment as early and enduring manifestations of the American desire to limit such power. And I am interested in Christian legal theology, both as it addresses the use and abuse of state powers such as these and as it exemplifies a particularly important expression of individual conscience.
Q: What attracted you to Faulkner Law?
I was drawn to the unapologetically Christian mission of the school, but also to its commitment to provide space for that commitment to be implemented in different ways by different teachers and students. Closely related to this, I was attracted by the willingness of this community to foster dialog between Christians who disagree with one another on particular issues of law and public policy, rather than to encourage some particular orthodoxy on such questions in the name of Christianity.
Q: What school event do you enjoy the most here at Faulkner Law?
I especially enjoy the lunch gatherings hosted by a number of our student organizations, at which featured speakers (from within or outside our law school community) discuss substantive legal or moral questions. I enjoy the informality of the sessions, the food (of course!), the opportunity to discuss important questions with civility and respect—and the student involvement in the process from start to finish, which really brings home the educational value of the whole experience.
Q: Where is your favorite spot in or around the Montgomery area?
El Rey Burrito Lounge!
Q: Favorite Restaurant in or around the Montgomery Area?
Q: Tips for Incoming Students?
Don’t be afraid to ask professors or classmates for help.