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Becket Hails Nomination of Kyle Duncan to Appeals Court While at Becket Duncan defended religious liberty for all

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump announced his nomination of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s former General Counsel S. Kyle Duncan to serve as a federal judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Becket, a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious faiths, praised the nomination.

“President Trump has hit a home run with Kyle Duncan,” said Montserrat Alvarado, executive director of Becket. “While at Becket, Kyle demonstrated his commitment to the equal protection of all Americans by defending the religious liberty of people of all faiths. Under his leadership, Becket helped a Sikh woman win the right to work for the federal government without violating her faith, helped Jewish prisoners obtain kosher meals, and helped Catholic nuns remain free to care for the elderly poor.”

From 2008-2012, Kyle served as Louisiana’s first Solicitor General and then as General Counsel of Becket from 2012-2014. He currently runs his own firm in D.C.

“Americans of all faiths should welcome Kyle’s nomination,” said Bill Mumma, president of Becket. “Very few lawyers have demonstrated the kind of empathy and understanding of people of many different backgrounds that Kyle has. He is an intelligent, upstanding man who will do great service for the Court and for all Americans.”

The Senate will consider Duncan’s nomination later this year.


Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. For over 20 years, it has defended clients of all faiths, including Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians (read more).