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Thomas C. Berg – James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Thomas Berg is the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota), where he teaches religious liberty, constitutional law, intellectual property, and the religious liberty appellate clinic. He is the author of The State and Religion in a Nutshell (West), and co-author of Religion and the Constitution (Wolters Kluwer, with McConnell and Lund) and a forthcoming co-edited book on biotechnology patents, Patents on Life (Cambridge University Press). He has also written more than 100 scholarly and popular articles, and approximately 50 briefs in the Supreme Court and other courts on freedom of religion and expression. He is currently at work on a book provisionally titled Protecting Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age. He co-directed St. Thomas’s Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy; and he contributes to Mirror of Justice, SCOTUS Blog, and other weblogs. He has degrees from the University of Chicago (law, religious studies), Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), and Northwestern University (journalism). He practiced law in Chicago and was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.