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About Steven

Writer, Speaker, Professor

Steven T. Collis is the author of the nonfiction books The Immortals and Deep Conviction, the novels Praying with the Enemy and At Any Cost and the upcoming Habits of a Peacemaker. He is a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin School of Law and founding faculty director of UT's Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and related Law & Religion Clinic. Prior to his appointment at UT, he was a Research Fellow in the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and an equity partner at Holland & Hart LLP, where he was the chair of the firm’s nationwide religious institutions and First Amendment practice group.


He is a sought-after speaker on both writing and religion law to audiences across the United States, including foreign diplomats from countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and South America on behalf of the United States State Department. He has been interviewed by and quoted in various news outlets, including The Deseret News, Bloomberg, NPR, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Law360, Public Square Magazine, NBC, The Salt Lake Tribune, PBS, The Denver Business Journal, Law Week Colorado, CBN News, and many television shows, radio broadcasts, and podcasts.

Before embarking on his legal and writing career, Steven graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the Michigan Law Review and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Steven also holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as the associate editor of the literary journal Blackbird. He completed his undergraduate studies, with university honors, at Brigham Young University.   

Originally from New Mexico, Steven lives in Austin with his wife and children. 

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