Becket's Canterbury Gala

Celebrating 30 years of protecting religious liberty for all

Becket celebrated 30 years of defending religious liberty for all at its annual Canterbury Gala on May 23 in New York City. This year’s Gala honored Becket’s heroic clients, whose courage has helped lay the foundation for generations of Americans to live out their faith freely.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and the rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, gave the keynote address.

Read Rabbi Soloveichik’s Speech

In 1994, founder Kevin “Seamus” Hasson left a top D.C. law firm to start his own practice defending the religious liberty of people of all faiths. He founded Becket, which has grown into the premier nonprofit, public interest religious liberty law firm in the U.S. and has been called “God’s ACLU.” Over the past three decades, Becket has secured eleven Supreme Court victories and hundreds of victories in the lower courts.

This year’s Gala honored the individuals who made those achievements possible, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns who serve the elderly poor; Agudath Israel of America, a historic Orthodox Jewish advocacy organization; Sikh Army Major Simmer Singh; and Lipan Apache feather dancer Pastor Robert Soto. Because of the bravery of these clients and many others, America has become a freer nation for people of all faiths.