Parker Douglas is senior counsel in the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Center for Conscience Initiatives, concentrating on rights to free speech and exercise of religion as well as women’s rights. A constitution law specialist, he has litigated hundreds of cases, trying over thirty to jury verdict, arguing over forty appeals, and filing numerous merits and amicus briefs in the Supreme Court.
Douglas was the 2017-2018 Supreme Court Fellow, serving in the Office of the Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts. From 2014 to 2017, he was Utah’s federal solicitor and chief deputy attorney general and litigated all of Utah’s constitutional matters. Before that, he was an Assistant Federal Defender, and partner in a global law firm’s Supreme Court and appellate section. His high-profile cases include successful defense of anti-polygamy laws in Brown v. Buhman (the “Sister Wives Case”), serving as lead defense counsel in U.S. v. Mitchell (the “Elizabeth Smart Case”) and defending Guantanamo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi, including his right to worship. Douglas is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has taught constitutional and criminal defense litigation, and is a frequently sought media commentator on prominent cases.
Douglas served as law clerk to judges Michael W. McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and Tena Campbell on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. He received his J.D., graduating Order of the Coif and first in his class, from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review. He previously received his Ph.D. in English with high honors from the University of California. He attended Pitzer College as an undergraduate, graduating summa cum laude with a double major in English and History, and was named the Claremont Colleges’ Distinguished Scholar in English.