Thursday, January 8, 2009

2009 First Freedom Award Winners

Congratulations to W. Cole Durham Jr.--A Brigham Young University law professor on being one of three people to receive the 2009 First Freedom award from the First Freedom Center.

W. Cole Durham Jr.is the Susan Young Gates University professor of law and the director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Durham was recognized for his work on religious liberty and comparative law, including authoring and contributing to several books and law reviews. He also has advised governments in several eastern European countries on laws dealing with religious freedom and religious associations. He also consulted with the Iraqi government on its constitution, according to the First Freedom Center.

The First Freedom Center is a non-profit, non-political and non-denominational organization that works to increase understanding and respect for religious freedom. The First Freedom award commemorates National Religious Freedom Day in January. The ceremony will be in Richmond on Jan. 15. For more information, go to www.firstfreedom.org.