The Blog of LegalTimes is reporting that Judge Michael McConnell is stepping down from his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to become the director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. (Court announcement here.) Judge McConnell visited the law school last year giving a very interesting lecture on Patrick Henry and the Constitution. Judge McConnell is an expert scholar on the religion clauses of the First Amendment, something many of us are quite interested in here at BYU.