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James C. Phillips

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36 S. State Street
Suite 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Phillips is a member of the firm’s First Amendment and Religious Organizations section. He has trial and appellate litigation briefing experience in state and federal courts across the country, having previously worked for a public interest law firm that focuses on religious liberty, as well as a U.S. Supreme Court and appellate specialist.

Mr. Phillips was also a visiting assistant professor at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law, and has published over two dozen academic articles. He has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC-Berkeley, and is currently a Nonresident Fellow with the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a member of the Executive Committee of the Religious Liberty Practice Group of the Federalist Society.


Constitutional Law Fellow, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (2017-18)

Law Clerk, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2016-17)

Law Clerk, Justice Thomas R. Lee, Utah Supreme Court (2015-16)

Visiting Assistant Professor, J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU) (2015)

Associate/Law Clerk, Law Offices of Gene Schaerr (2014-15)



Arizona State University, B.A., History, magna cum laude

Brigham Young University, M.A., Mass Communication

UC-Berkeley, J.D., 2014

  • Order of the Coif
  • Law Review
  • Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, executive editor/editor (symposium editions)

UC-Berkeley, Ph.D, Jurisprudence & Social Policy, 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 1st Place (2013)
  • John Marshal Fellow, Claremont Institute (2012)


  • Executive Committee Member, Religious Liberties Practice Group, Federalist Society
  • Nonresident Fellow, Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School