John Burke

John Burke interned with Becket in the summer of 2021 before joining as the Government Affairs Fellow in June 2022.

Prior to Becket, John graduated from the University of Notre Dame magna cum laude with a double major in the Program of Liberal Studies and economics and a minor in classics. At Notre Dame, John was a Tocqueville Fellow for inquiry into religion and public life and a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. During his junior year, John served as the Culture Editor of the Irish Rover, an independent student paper dedicated to preserving the Catholic identity of Our Lady’s University. John also interned with the Napa Legal Institute, an organization that educates faith-based nonprofits on general corporate and legal issues, during the summer after his sophomore year.

John is from St. Louis, Missouri, and an avid follower of Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey. He has not gotten over the Rams leaving.

Megan Donley

Megan Donley joined Becket’s Government Affairs team in 2018. Prior to Becket, Megan worked as a staff attorney in the United States Court of Federal Claims where she provided general counsel to the Clerk of Court on operations and case intake, coordinated the court’s pro bono program, and served as liaison to both the court’s Advisory Council and the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. She got her start at the United States Court of Federal Claims as a law clerk to the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink, whom she served from 2012 to 2015.

Megan graduated summa cum laude from Regent University School of Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Law Review.  She was also a Blackstone Fellow.  Megan studied political science at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she first developed her love of political philosophy, American history, and the Founders’ “Great” or “Grand Experiment.”

Megan enjoys making music with her husband, playing with her son, and hiking with the family dog.

Amy Vitale

Amy Vitale joined Becket as a Fellow in 2016.  She previously served as Legislative Counsel to several Members of Congress, supporting their work to protect religious freedom for people of all faiths through efforts like drafting legislation and coordinating multiple Member amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. Before moving to Washington DC, she practiced law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Houghton College with a degree in political science and was an active member of the College Choir.  She is a Blackstone Fellow and earned her law degree from Regent University School of Law, where she was Symposium Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.  Her family is her greatest joy.