Danny Ballon is a second-year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School. His studies focus on contemporary Christianity with a specific interest in religion, ethics, and politics. Prior to pursuing graduate training in religion, Danny graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law, where he was the Executive Articles editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal and where he spent a year externing for the Honorable S. J. Otero of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. After that, Danny practiced law in Los Angeles, first as a Dewey & LeBoeuf Community Service Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California, and then at the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he practiced complex commercial litigation, First Amendment, and bankruptcy. With a background in constitutional law and civil rights, Danny intends to pursue doctoral studies in religion with the goal of a career in academia and faith-based advocacy. His research interests include progressive evangelicalism, LGBT rights, First Amendment issues, and exploring the implications of theology for law and public policy.