James Lawrence is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee, graduating cum laude. As a law student, James simultaneously served as Associate Editor for the Law Review and Vice President of the Moot Court Board. He also served as a faculty research assistant and competed in two Moot Court competitions, including the prestigious William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament, held at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
“J Law” is a published author, with a chapter in Perspectives on Capital Punishment in America: edited by Charles E. MacLean, which may be found here. Mr. Lawrence explains how prospective jurors’ First Amendment rights to freedom of religious expression are violated when prosecutors strike them from the jury pool due to their religious opposition to the death penalty.
Mr. Lawrence also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He also lived and studied overseas at St. John’s College of Durham University in Durham, England, where he studied Moral Philosophy, Systematic Theology, and Islamic Studies.
James is an active member of the West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he plays french horn as part of the the music ministry of the Church and has served as a Sunday School Teacher.
James’ wife, Lara is a professional piano player and they have six children, ranging in age from eleven to twenty-three.