Jeffrey A. Aird

Accra, Ghana

Jeff completed a BA in American Studies from Utah State University in 2007. But his greatest pride resides in his family. His wife recently gave birth to a beautiful 10 pound little girl named Sydney. All the while she taught 7th grade science at a local Provo middle school. Jeff would like to work in the non-profit sector with an emphasis in litigation. He loves reading classic novels and history books. His friends would often tease him in college because they would catch him reading textbooks for classes he was not taking. He loves his work at the Center.

Megan Allred

Salt Lake City, Utah

Megan Allred came to the J. Reuben Clark Law School after completing an undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. With plans to pursue a career in international public law, Megan greatly benefited from all she learned during her 5 week externship at the Office of General Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently, Megan is working on several different chapters of a casebook being prepared in connection with The International Center for Law & Religion Studies. Throughout the coming school years, Megan plans to increase her exposure to international law through her involvement in the Jessup International Moot Court team, the International and Comparative Law Society, and the Executive Committee for the International Center for Law & Religion’s Annual Symposium.

Adam M. Birk

Hong Kong, China

Adam Birk was born and raised in Denmark. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a B.A. in Chinese. After his first year at the J. Reuben Clark Law School he spent two months in Hong Kong with the legal counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While there, he attended the law and religion conference in Beijing hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Adam is currently researching the options available to religious organizations for structuring legal entities in the United States and abroad.

Samuel Brooks

Sydney, Australia

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Davis. As a Research Fellow, he traveled to Sydney, Australia, where he worked as an intern with the LDS Church Area Legal Counsel on issues ranging from child protection to human rights. Sam’s work with the Center includes contribution to a forthcoming casebook on international law and religion, where he focused mainly on issues relating to religious freedom throughout the world.

S. Spencer Brown

Salt Lake City, Utah

Prior to attending the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Spencer Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University. Spencer has worked for the Office of General Counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City where he dealt with a wide variety of issues involving domestic and international law. He is currently editing the employment law chapter of a treatise on American religious organizations in connection with the Center. Spencer is from Salt Lake City, and has a wide variety of interests including triathlon, snowboarding, cooking, and Scottish politics. He is a member of the Moot Court team, the American Inns of the Court, and is president of Legal Spin, the BYU Law School cycling club.

David N. Brown

Salt Lake City, Utah

David Brown and his wife moved to Provo to attend the J. Reuben Clark Law School after he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government and minors in History and Spanish. He and his wife love Utah but are still avid Longhorn fans. He spent the first ten weeks of the summer revising and updating chapter eight of the Treatise on Religious Organizations and the Law. He is currently finishing his summer working for the Office of General Counsel for the LDS Church and enjoys the variety of topics his research covers.

Scott W. Ellis

Lima, Peru

Before coming to BYU Law, Scott studied Political Science as an undergraduate at BYU. His primary focus was on international relations, which was strengthened by attending a Political Science Study Abroad program in Paris, France and working as an intern with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. During his time in Peru, Scott has worked on a variety of issues, but has been most interested and most involved in those involving immigration. Scott speaks Spanish and French.

Landon A. Hardcastle

São Paulo, Brazil

Born in Provo, Utah, Landon Hardcastle graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University in April 2007. Also, before entering the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Landon served a two-year LDS church mission in Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese. He is a member of the law review and expects to graduate in 2010.

Amanda E. Mackey

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Amanda graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Secondary English Education. Before entering law school, Amanda worked as a middle school math teacher. During her externship in Guatemala City, she worked on assignments involving visa, custom, property, and various other laws. She also survived climbing an active volcano in the dark of night, and enjoys telling the harrowing tale. Amanda is currently working on the Religious Organizations and the Law treatise for the Center with a focus on the education sections.

Katie McIntosh

Frankfurt, Germany

Katie McIntosh received her Bachelor Degree in psychology from BYU. She had the opportunity to live in many different areas while she was growing up and enjoys working with people from other cultures. She hopes to work in international law one day.

George G. Nightingale

Moscow, Russia

George received an Associates Degree from Ricks College in 2001 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. He is interested in both family law and international law. While in Russia working for the International Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, George worked with visa issues for American citizens in ex-Soviet Union countries, and researched and contributed to a country-wide memorandum. Currently, he is working on a section of an upcoming casebook on international law and religion which relates to the interaction between religion and government. George has lived in the Amazonia region of Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese.

Alisa Rogers

Mexico City, Mexico

Alisa Rogers is from Milpitas, California. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Organ Performance and Pedagogy. She worked in Mexico City, Mexico researching visa and power of attorney requirements. Currently, she is completing research for a new casebook on international religious freedom.