Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Religious Freedom Annual Review. As a member of the US Senate, Senator Flake sits on the Judiciary Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Foreign Relations Committee where he also serves as chairman of Subcommittee on African Affairs.
Hosted by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of BYU Law School, the Annual Review provides an up-to-date review for lawyers and nonlawyers on religious freedom challenges in the United States and around the world. This year's Review will be held July 6-7. Early bird registration is available until May 15, here.
Senator Flake is a fifth-generation Arizonan who was raised on a cattle ranch in Snowflake, Arizona. The town was named in part for Senator Flake's great-great grandfather. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern Africa, He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he received a BA in International Relations and an MA in Political Science. He started his career at a Washington, DC public affairs firm, but soon returned to Africa as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia. In this role, Senator Flake helped monitor Namibia's independence process and saw that nation usher in freedom and democracy.
In 1992 Senator Flake and his family moved back to Arizona, where he was named Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute where he worked to promote a conservative philosophy of less government, more freedom, and individual responsibility. Prior to his election to the US Senate, Senator Flake served in the US House of Representatives from 2001-2013 representing the East Valley.
The 2017 Religious Freedom Annual Review will take place at the BYU Conference Center. In both workshop and lecture settings, attendees of the Review will have the opportunity to learn from national experts about important topics such as religion and the workplace, religion in public schools, the meaning of separation of church and state, US Constitutional and Supreme Court issues, and other matters. Participants will gain a better understanding not only of religious freedom issues but also of how to get involved in their communities. 12 hours of Utah CLE Credit will be available for attendance at the event. See more information at religiousfreedom.byu.edu.