Born and raised in Mesa, AZ, Zach Smith served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Northern California during the time of Proposition 8. There he witnessed first-hand religious persecution against those who stood up for their beliefs, motivating him to defend the religious beliefs of all. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University with a minor in Business Management. He also helped the Center on their Peruvian country report. He is now a second-year student at BYU’s Law School. During the summer of 2014 he worked for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty where he worked on key religious liberty cases including Hobby Lobby and related non-profit cases. He joined the Student Executive Committee for the 2014 International Law and Religion Symposium as a member of the Documents Team and returns in 2015 as Co-Chair of Documents.