Laurie A. Stewart
J.D., Chapman University School of Law
B.A., California State University Fullerton
Laurie is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School, currently teaching Legal Research & Writing and Christian ADR.
Originally from Iowa, Laurie moved to California to go to college, earning her B.A. from California University Fullerton. In 2003, Laurie graduated from Chapman University School of Law, earning her J.D. degree. While in law school, she served as the Associate Managing Editor for the Nexus Journal, where she also published an article, Reviving Religious Liberty in America 8 Nexus J. Op. 151 (2003) (a historical examination of the First Amendment establishment clause and the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution). Additionally, she served as the Vice-President of the Christian Legal Society, participated in Mock Trial competition, was selected as a Dean’s Fellow to teach legal research to first-year law students. After earning her law degree, she worked with Dr. John Eastman, supervising summer Blackstone Fellow students.
Laurie started practicing law in 2003, first in California, then in Iowa. Her legal experience has focused on Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Municipal Law. In Iowa, she served as President for Iowa Association of Mediators and on the Council for the ADR section of the Iowa State Bar Association. Laurie had the privilege of serving on the Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Task Force ADR Work Group. Additionally, she is a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Laurie teaches seminars to universities, colleges, churches, and other groups all over the world on Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Christian Apologetics.
As a civil litigator, Laurie has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of civil matters, including defending religious liberty and traditional family values. She has worked with several public interest groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Pacific Justice Institute, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and Center for Individual Freedom. In 2006, she received the C. William Carlson award from Pacific Justice Institute for her “exceptional level of integrity and commitment.”
Laurie has served on the boards of the Iowa Association of Mediators, Marketplace Women of Orange County, Orange County chapter of the Federalist Society, Orange County Women Lawyers, and Camp Berachah. She currently sits on the board of Intelligent Faith and Women in Apologetics and is on the Advisory Board for Christ Transformational Ministries.
Laurie currently works as an associate attorney for Fraser, Watson & Croutch. Additionally, she is finishing her Master’s Thesis for her M.A. degree in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. She and her husband John have three grown daughters, and an energetic German Shepherd.