Daniel Ortner is a third-year law student at Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel but grew up in South Florida. He received his bachelor’s degrees in history and sociology from Brandeis University. While at Brandeis, Daniel converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and subsequently served a full-time mission in the Novosibirsk, Russia Mission. Since his mission, Daniel has continued his study of the Russian language. Daniel is passionate about the First Amendment and a zealous advocate of the rights free speech and free religious expression. As an undergraduate he interned for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a non-profit dedicated to fighting for free speech rights on university campuses. He is proud to be able to work for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies in order to further advocate for First Amendment rights of individuals worldwide. He has served the center as a Student Research Fellow, completing a summer externship with the Office of General Counsel of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, and as a volunteer for the International Law and Religion Symposium in 2012 and 2013. He has joined the Transportation Team for Symposium 2014.