Prof. Thomas C. Berg

James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Thomas C. Berg is the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota), where he teaches religious liberty, constitutional law, intellectual property, and the religious liberty appellate clinic. He is the author or co-author of five books, including The State and Religion in a Nutshell (West); Religion and the Constitution (Wolters Kluwer, with McConnell and Lund); Patents on Life (Cambridge U. Press, with Cholij and Ravenscroft);. and a forthcoming book, Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age (under contract, Eerdmans). He has written or co-written more than 150 book chapters and scholarly and popular articles, and approximately 70 briefs in the Supreme Court and lower courts on freedom of religion and expression. He contributes regularly to SCOTUS Blog, Christianity Today, Mirror of Justice, and other venues. He has degrees from the University of Chicago (law, religious studies), Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), and Northwestern University (journalism). He practiced law in Chicago and was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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