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Josh McDaniel

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Josh McDaniel
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Josh is the Director of Harvard Law School’s Religious Freedom Clinic, a pro bono program that gives students a hands-on, supervised experience representing a diverse group of clients in First Amendment and religious freedom cases.

Before entering clinical teaching, Josh clerked for the Honorable Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to serving as a staff attorney in the clinic’s inaugural semester in 2020, he was previously a trial litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson and an appellate litigator at Horvitz & Levy, where he specialized in representing individual and organizational clients in both commercial and civil rights cases, with particular expertise in First Amendment and religious freedom issues.

While in private practice, Josh received a Daily Journal 2022 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award, was twice named a “One to Watch” in appellate law by Best Lawyers, and argued in numerous appellate courts and courts of last resort, including twice before the California Supreme Court. His amicus brief for Jewish schools in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court was quoted by Justice Kavanaugh at oral argument.

Josh earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University and graduated first in his class from UCLA School of Law.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • California Supreme Court, California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits


  • B.A. Brigham Young University, 2008
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Second Circuit
  • Fifth Circuit
  • Seventh Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit
  • D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court