Ilan Posner

Ilan Posner joined Becket as a Legal Fellow for the Fall of 2022. He is currently finishing his last semester at Georgetown Law school where he is enrolled as a part-time student.

Before joining Becket, Ilan was a Summer Associate in the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. Before that, he spent four years working on the Hill for Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Serving as the Senator’s Policy & Research Aide, Ilan worked on legislative initiatives in higher education and the workforce. He also assisted with the Senator’s responsibilities on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In law school, Ilan was a senior staff member on the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy and a Bradley Fellow at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Next year, he will be clerking for the Honorable Tim Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, followed by the Honorable Don Willett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Ilan grew up in Australia and spent three years living in Israel where he served in the Israeli Defense Force.

Colten Stanberry

Colten Stanberry joined Becket as a Constitutional Law Fellow in 2022. His work at Becket focuses on appellate litigation. Colten is admitted only in Texas and is supervised by members of the D.C. Bar.

Before coming to Becket, Colten served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Lavenski Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He also worked as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Colten earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, where he was the valedictorian of his class and elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Colten served as the editor in chief of the Pepperdine Law Review, the vice president of the law school’s Federalist Society chapter, a judicial extern to the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a Blackstone Fellow. Colten received his B.A. in History cum laude from Baylor University.

Colten enjoys reading books with his wife, trying to train his golden retriever, and spending time with his church community.

Brandon Winchel

Brandon Winchel joined Becket as a Constitutional Law Fellow in 2022. He is admitted to the California bar only and his practice is limited to cases in federal court.

Prior to joining Becket, Brandon was a law clerk for the Honorable Michael B. Brennan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also worked as a summer extern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Brandon graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 2021. At Notre Dame, he served as a managing senior editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and vice president of the Federalist Society. He was also a member of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board, where he won the law school’s 2019 internal moot court tournament and received the A. Harold Weber Moot Court Award for outstanding achievement in the art of oral advocacy. Brandon received his B.A. in History & Political Thought summa cum laude from Concordia University Irvine.

In his spare time, Brandon enjoys cheering on the Denver Broncos and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, playing strategic board games with family and friends, and golfing well over par.

Daniel M. Vitagliano

Dan Vitagliano joined Becket as a Constitutional Law Fellow in 2022. His practice focuses on First Amendment litigation in federal trial and appellate courts. He is admitted to the New York Bar only and is supervised by members of the D.C. Bar.

Before joining Becket, Dan served as a law clerk to Judge S. Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also worked as a summer associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City and as an intern for Judges Joseph F. Bianco and Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Dan graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as an associate managing editor of the St. John’s Law Review and the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, a student fellow for the St. John’s Center for Law and Religion, and a research assistant to Professors Mark L. Movsesian and Marc O. DeGirolami. Before law school, Dan received a B.A., magna cum laude, in communication studies from the University of Rhode Island. 

Dan is a TPIF Antonin Scalia Fellow, a Leonine Fellow, a James Wilson Fellow, and a member of AEI’s Leadership Network Millennial Cohort. He is also a member of the Federalist Society, the Federal Bar Council, and the Federal Bar Association. 

Sarah Wait

Sarah joined Becket in 2022 as an Executive Assistant and Office Administrator, where she supports our operations team and manages the calendars of our president and executive director. Since moving to D.C. in 2020, Sarah has worked and interned for various political groups and government offices, including a House committee on Capitol Hill and The Heritage Foundation’s sister grassroots organization. As an intern and student in 2019, she wrote for a public policy group where she was published in its monthly edition of The Ripon Forum.

Sarah graduated from Brigham Young University in 2020 with a B.A. in political science and a double minor in business and music. During her undergrad, she spent a semester studying abroad in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and she lived in Idaho for 18 months while serving a volunteer mission for her church. Both experiences deeply impacted her desire to be a part of the important work at Becket.

Sarah grew up in Texas as the oldest of four siblings. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing her violin (in case her mom is reading this), beating her husband at Mario Kart, and making friends at the dog park with their micro goldendoodle.

Gabe Katz

Gabe joined Becket as a research & analytics fellow at Becket in June 2022. He works on the Religious Liberty Index and assists the litigation and operations teams with various research projects.

Before coming to Becket, Gabe worked at Raytheon Technologies for a year in the Digital Leadership Development Program, working as a digital business analyst at Raytheon Missiles & Defense and then working as a staffing & learning development analyst at Raytheon Intelligence & Space.

Gabe graduated with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in mathematical sciences. He interned at Raytheon Technologies’ Digital Leadership Development Program and at an Israeli company called Asparna. For his Major Qualifying Project, he worked in a team of five students and two professors to use Python and data science techniques to predict future NBA player performance. He was also a peer learning assistant for the WPI Mathematical Sciences Department, providing weekly individual and group tutoring in applied statistics, differential equations, and calculus as well as grading student assignments.

Gabe lives in Washington, D.C.. In his free time, Gabe studies for the LSAT (not for fun), stays active, reads about history, watches Friends, and obsesses about the Celtics.

Matthew Krauter

Matthew joined Becket as a paralegal in May of 2022. Matthew supports Becket’s attorneys and clients by cite checking legal briefs, tracking cases, and with numerous other tasks.

Before Becket, Matthew interned as a Research Associate for the Federalist Society where he researched developments related to state attorneys general and state courts. He also interned for the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office and a congressional campaign. Matthew has continued to study American legal-political thought through programs with the Hertog Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in legal studies and philosophy. On campus, he gained editing and writing experience as a senior columnist for the Daily Illini, researched antitrust & digital platforms as a staff writer for the Undergraduate Law Review, served as president of the Illini College Republicans and was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa. His senior thesis, The RFRA Arrowhead: Understanding State Level Religious Liberty, empirically evaluated the effect of state legislation on religious liberty litigation.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing chess, hiking, watercolor painting, running and staying connected with his brothers through videogames.

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.

Charles McFadden

Charlie McFadden joined Becket in June 2022 as communications associate. He supports Becket by drafting articles and producing other media related content.

Before coming to Becket, Charlie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science. At Notre Dame, Charlie was a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. Throughout his time in school, Charlie contributed to various media outlets on campus, including Scholastic Magazine, NDtv and WVFI radio. His freshman year, Charlie was also an announcer at WSND, an FM radio station that plays classical music. He also acted in several productions on campus, including his dorm’s annual Keenan Revue and as King Creon in an abridged production of the Greek tragedy AntigoneIn the summer before his senior year, Charlie was an intern at the Becket Fund as research assistant to the executive director. 

When he is not spending time with his brother Sean and sister-in-law Keenan, Charlie enjoys cooking meals from various cuisines and playing the guitar. 

Rebekah Ricketts

Rebekah Ricketts joined Becket as counsel in 2022.  Her practice focuses on First Amendment and appellate litigation.

Before joining Becket, Becky served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted a wide range of violent crimes and cyber offenses, including sex trafficking, cyberstalking, carjacking, kidnapping, firearms offenses, and drug trafficking.  As Human Trafficking Coordinator, she led the District’s efforts to reconstitute the North Texas Trafficking Task Force, a cross-agency task force led by Homeland Security Investigations.  She also obtained the first criminal indictment and guilty plea under the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), in a case against the owner of a commercial sex website.

Before that, Becky was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Dallas, where she practiced appellate and constitutional law, complex commercial litigation, and administrative law.  While at the firm, Becky argued cases in federal and state court and worked on numerous high-profile appeals, including a landmark Fifth Circuit reversal of a $663 million False Claims Act judgment.  She also maintained an active pro bono docket of religious liberty cases.

Becky served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Richard J. Sullivan, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Book Reviews & Features Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with High Honors and was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Becky lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and two young daughters.  These days she reads a lot of Eric Carle and is learning how to bake baguettes.

Laura Wolk Slavis

Laura Wolk Slavis joined Becket as counsel in 2022. Her work at Becket has included federal litigation at both the trial and appellate level.

Prior to joining Becket, Laura worked as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she focused her work on complex commercial litigation, administrative law, and constitutional law, including religious liberty issues. In addition to her experience in private practice, Laura has had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States, the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Janice Rogers Brown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Laura earned her J.D. summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 2016, where she received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Program of Study in Public Law and served as the Law Review’s Federal Courts editor. She received her B.A. in psychology from Swarthmore College in 2009, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

When she’s not thinking about the law, Laura enjoys learning about wine, going for a run, and discovering the latest great novel.

Nate Wertjes

Nate joined Becket as a paralegal in March 2022. As part of the paralegal team, Nate cite checks legal briefs, tracks cases, and assists with other administrative tasks.

Nate is a graduate of John Brown University, holding a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Biblical Studies. During his time at John Brown, Nate was a cross country and track athlete. Prior to joining Becket, Nate worked in the legal field, managed a state senate race, opened and managed a coffee shop, and dabbled in ski-building. He is a graduate of the John Jay Fellowship program.

In his free time, Nate enjoys hiking, skiing, fishing and mountaineering.

Leigh Brown

Leigh joined Becket’s paralegal team in 2021, shifting her editor’s eagle eye toward legal material. With an undergraduate degree in English from BYU, she has accumulated a wide array of editing experience. Her extra-fine-tooth comb has scoured material ranging from a book about a POW’s escape from Japanese imprisonment during WWII to course material for becoming a technical project manager.

The fan that flamed her passion for religious liberty came in the form of hundreds of adult refugees she taught over a period of several years—students who humbly and sincerely desired to practice their religion and who often came up against roadblocks in their religious expression. She is now happy to be a part of a team that is making life easier for friends like hers.

Playing with her nieces and nephews (18 in total) is her all-time favorite activity. She loves trees and walks in the woods. And crossword puzzles and books are her go-tos when she gets downtime.

JeRevienne Mitchell

JeRevienne joined Becket in 2021 as administrative officer. She graduated from American University in 2017 with a B.A. in international relations, with a focus on foreign policy.

While at AU, JeRevienne worked as administrative assistant at the Center for Israel Studies, helping with programs and events aimed at studying Israeli politics, culture, history, and contributions.

Prior to joining Becket, JeRevienne was the associate manager of a local music store, where she also worked as a piano teacher.

Originally from South Carolina, DC is about as far north as you’ll find JeRevienne since cold weather is her nemesis. Some of her favorite places to be are by the ocean or exploring a new city. She loves baking bread and desserts and enjoys running (to sustain the baking habit).

Monica Dewey

Monica graduated from Christendom College in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics. She joined Becket in the summer of 2020 as an administrative intern and transitioned to a full-time office assistant in December of the same year.

Monica has worked as a data analyst at a New York-based emergency billing company and as an administrative assistant to an estate foundation. During a semester abroad, Monica had the opportunity to study language, art, and architecture at the Patristic Institute in Rome, Italy.

Monica is number five of ten siblings. She enjoys spending summers on Cape Cod with her family, rock climbing with her brothers, horseback riding with friends, and listening to hours of Simon and Garfunkel on vinyl.

Daniel Chen

Daniel Chen joined Becket as Counsel in 2020. His work at Becket has included litigation in federal trial and appellate courts.

Prior to joining Becket, Daniel was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco, California, where he worked on commercial litigation in state and federal court. Daniel also devoted significant time to pro bono projects, where he focused primarily on issues of religious liberty and constitutional law. In addition to his experience in private practice, Daniel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Daniel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2016, where he served as a supervising editor on the California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Daniel received his B.A. in Political Science with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

Daniel’s greatest accomplishment is marrying high above his station. He and his wife Sharon live in California where they enjoy drinking third-wave coffee and eating avocado toast.

Mary LaFave

Mary joined the Becket development team in 2020 as a donor relations associate. Prior to Becket, she interned at the National Taxpayers Union in Washington, D.C., and spent two years working for the Institute for Justice in Arlington, VA, as a development associate.

Before migrating out East, Mary graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. While in school, she was involved in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program, attending various conferences nationwide, and ultimately co-founding a campus chapter geared toward promoting rhetoric appreciation by analyzing rhetorical devices in classic speeches.

Originally from Butte, Montana, Mary enjoys hiking, running along the Potomac River, and is currently undergoing Pilates instructor training. When she’s not moving, Mary likes sipping tea, reading, and eating anything Funfetti flavored.

Zachary Novak

Zach joined Becket’s team in 2020 with several years of paralegal experience in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio working in immigration law, at firms both large and small. He holds a duel bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Miami University. As part of Becket’s paralegal team, Zach cite checks legal briefs and performs numerous other tasks needed to support its attorneys and clients.

In his free time, Zach loves traveling with his lovely wife, volunteering at his local parish, dabbling in woodworking, and avidly reading and collecting books.

Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson returned to Becket as legal counsel in 2020, having previously been one of its inaugural Constitutional Law Fellows in 2016. Before he came to Becket, Daniel clerked in federal and state appellate courts and was an associate in the appellate practice group at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. While in private practice, Daniel secured asylum for an Eritrean refugee who spent a year in prison for practicing his faith, and he wrote several appellate briefs in religious liberty cases in the Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

He graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2015, where he was a teaching assistant in the appellate litigation course. At Duke, Daniel focused his academic and extracurricular activities on religious liberty — including independent research on conscience protections for religiously affiliated law schools. He received his B.A. in economics, cum laude, from Brigham Young University in 2012. He also spent two years as a missionary in Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese.

Daniel is married to the love of his life, Alexis. They live in Utah, where Alexis owns a floral design business and teaches piano lessons. They love making music together, camping, and playing with their adorable dog, Scout.

William Haun

William J. Haun is Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and a Nonresident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). At Becket, Will litigates nationwide in defense of religious liberty for all faith traditions, particularly before the U.S. Supreme Court and in other federal and state appellate courts. His litigation includes being a member of the U.S. Supreme Court team that prevailed 9-0 for Catholic Social Services in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, obtaining an 8-1 reversal from the Supreme Court of Texas in defense of the Diocese of Lubbock’s religious autonomy, and a summary judgment victory for the ministry of St. Vincent Catholic Charities from unconstitutional discrimination and retaliation in the Western District of Michigan. At AEI, Will writes and researches on constitutionalism and self-government’s prerequisites, especially the role of religion in securing and preserving freedom.

Before joining Becket and AEI, Will practiced appellate and antitrust law at two international law firms—Shearman & Sterling and Hunton & Williams. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Will often writes on constitutional law issues, including in the Catholic University Law ReviewNational AffairsLaw & LibertyNational Review Online, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He also speaks on these topics, including at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the University of Chicago Law School. He received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, cum laude, where he was a published member of the Law Review. He received his B.A. from American University in political science, cum laude. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children, where they enjoy sailing, cheering on their favorite baseball teams, and discovering the great traditions of their Catholic faith.

Jeremiah Sullivan

Jeremiah joined Becket in August 2019 as an Administrative Officer and Database Coordinator. Before working at Becket, Jeremiah attended the University of Dallas, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in politics.

While at the University of Dallas, Jeremiah played rugby for the University of Dallas Rugby Football Club for four years. Jeremiah also had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome for a semester and travel throughout Europe. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jeremiah volunteered for Americans for Prosperity, a non profit political advocacy group.

At Becket, Jeremiah fulfills administrative responsibilities, while also serving as a liaison with the IT department. He also aids other Becket employees by ensuring their technology is working and up to date.

In his free time, Jeremiah enjoys exploring D.C., watching sports with his friends, and finding new restaurants to dine at.

Keenan McFadden

Keenan McFadden joined Becket in June 2019 and became External Relations Manager in July 2020.

Before coming to Becket, Keenan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and minors in Constitutional Studies and history. At Notre Dame Keenan 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 her senior year, Keenan served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Rover, an independent student paper dedicated to preserving the Catholic identity of Our Lady’s University. Keenan has interned at the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome and with Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.

Keenan and her husband Sean live in Alexandria, Virginia with their Irish Setter puppy, Chauncey.

Madeline Hartman

Maddie joined Becket’s communications team as Graphic Designer in April 2019. Before joining Becket, she worked in marketing, design, advertising, and branding for a private study abroad company, and part time as a freelance graphic designer.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., Maddie graduated from the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in art, focusing in printmaking. During her time at UD, Maddie interned with a local letterpress artist, and had two of her pieces published in an international student printmaking exhibit.

In her free time, you can find Maddie frequenting the local art museums, making breakfast tacos, or exploring the hiking trails and wineries around Shenandoah valley with her husband.

Daryn Sirrine

Daryn joined Becket in 2018 as a donor relations associate. Prior to Becket, she interned on Capitol Hill, where she subsequently worked for four and a half years. During her last year and a half on the Hill she was the communications director for Congressman Chris Stewart, where she wrote speeches and op-eds, oversaw his media presence and planned his annual national security conference.

Before moving to Washington D.C., Daryn graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. During her time at university she was involved in student government and represented the student body to the Utah State Legislature from 2013 to 2014 and helped advocate for the student body to the state legislature.

Originally from Las Vegas, Daryn grew up with five siblings and numerous desert tortoises (her favorite animal). When she’s not dreaming of the desert, she enjoys running, playing tennis and being surrounded by friends.   

Sara Buckley

Sara Buckley joined Becket in 2018 as a communications assistant. Now as digital media manager, Sara plays an active role in telling our clients stories in social and digital media.

Before joining Becket, Sara interned at Contravent, an advertising agency in Salt Lake City, where she performed competitive audits for name-brand clients.

Sara graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications, advertising emphasis and a minor in business management. Her capstone research project required conducting demographic research for a global publication to create an online platform for new readers. While at BYU, Sara worked for a BYU Ad Lab, a student-run advertising agency. She also worked as the communications manager for the university library, which under her direction won five social media awards including Best Campaign in 2017.

Sara enjoys traveling and checking national parks off her bucket list.

 

Josh Hawley

Josh Hawley was an attorney with Becket from 2011 to 2015. He received a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Josh clerked for Judge Michael W. McConnell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Chief Justice John Roberts at the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2008 he joined Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. as an appellate litigator.

During his time at Becket, Josh was part of the team that won two major U.S. Supreme Court cases: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, a decision that protected the right of religious individuals to run their family businesses according to their beliefs, and Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, a unanimous victory that secured the right of churches to choose their own ministers free from undue government interference.

After working for Becket full time in DC, Hawley moved to Missouri and became an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. He was elected Attorney General of Missouri in 2016 and United States Senator for Missouri in 2018.

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.

Meg Schilling

Meg joined Becket’s paralegal team in 2018 bringing four years of paralegal experience from various firms in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Prior to entering the paralegal field, Meg was a Reading and English teacher in a public school. She received her paralegal certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2015 and gained experience in areas of real estate, wills & trusts, trademarks, and estate administration.  Meg loves the oxford comma, formatting word documents, and submitting briefs to the Supreme Court (which happens a lot around here).

Originally from Pennsylvania, Meg grew up in a musical family with pianos (mother), banjos (father), and several instruments in between (siblings). Meg currently sings with the Cathedral Choral Society which performs regularly at the National Cathedral. She takes her role as aunt to eight nieces and nephews very seriously.

Nick Reaves

Nick Reaves joined Becket as Counsel in 2018. His practice focuses on First Amendment and appellate litigation. While at Becket, Nick has worked on precedent-setting religious liberty cases nationwide. Nick provided crucial support to a Buddhist prisoner who was denied his First Amendment rights in the execution chamber, was counsel of record on an amicus brief supporting the right of a Muslim prisoner to observe Ramadan, and represented a Seventh-day Adventist fired by Walmart for requesting a Sabbath accommodation. In 2022, Nick joined the Yale Law School as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law. Nick’s academic writings have been published by the Yale Law Journal Forum, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, among others.

Before joining Becket, Nick was a litigation associate at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. His practice included both appellate and trial court litigation. While at the firm, Nick argued cases in both the federal appellate and district courts, helped counsel clients in numerous bet-the-company matters, took a religious asylum case to trial, and oversaw a sensitive internal investigation which could have exposed a Fortune 100 company to billions of dollars in liability. Nick also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Nick graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2015. He served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif (graduating in the top 10% of the class). While in law school, Nick published a note on crisis chaplaincy programs which won first prize in a nationwide writing competition. He also participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia and studied legal ethics in Germany and Poland as part of the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. Nick graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Economics and Political Science in the Glynn Family Honors Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Eric Hines

Eric Hines joined Becket in 2017. Prior to Becket, Eric served as the director of U.S. Equities for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) in New York. During his seven years on Wall Street, Eric cultivated relationships with corporate executives and institutional investors across a variety of sectors and global regions, establishing the U.S. Equity business as an important unit of the Bank of Tokyo. He has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Nebraska.

Eric and his wife Megan live in Omaha, NE with their son, Henry.

William P. Mumma

William P. Mumma is currently the Board Chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He served as a full-time volunteer CEO from 2011 until 2021. Prior to Becket, he had a 30-year career on Wall Street as CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), with prior executive roles at Nomura Securities International and Bankers Trust.

Mr. Mumma also serves as the Board Chairman for FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and serves on the board of the Napa Legal Institute.

He has degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Columbia University Business School.

Mr. Mumma lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Kathy, to whom he has been happily married since 1983, and has six children and sixteen grandchildren.

Stephanie Keenan

Stephanie Keenan joined Becket in 2013. Her work while at Becket has been published in USA Today, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Washington Examiner, The Hill, and Detroit News.

Prior to Becket, Stephanie gained communications skills while interning for various public relations and non-profit organizations – including a multicultural advocacy public relations firm, a non-profit coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault, and a pro-bono litigation communications resource that draws attention to mistakes and unfairness in death penalty and juvenile life imprisonment cases. Her experience included writing press releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor, launching and managing several social media platforms, and starting an e-newsletter.

She graduated cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications and a minor in psychology. While at GWU, she was involved with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a Catholic ministry for college students, through which she met her husband.

Stephanie grew up in Guam. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and their four children. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and baking scones and sourdough loaves for her family.

Ryan Colby

Ryan Colby joined Becket in May 2014 as a Communications Assistant shortly after completing an internship with the Heritage Foundation. Before making his way to D.C. Ryan attended the College of Charleston where he earned a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Political Science.

As the Associate Communications Director, Ryan helps oversee the communications strategies for clients and cultivate Becket’s institutional reputation in the media.

While soaking up the sun in Charleston, South Carolina Ryan was highly involved with various student clubs and activities. He served on the leadership team for the Catholic Student Association, wrote for the school newspaper, and helped start a disc jockey enterprise. During the summers away from campus Ryan was a production intern for TheBlaze and Fox News where he learned to cut and edit video, create graphics, pre-interview guests, and develop historical documentaries.

Following graduation, Ryan moved to D.C. and interned with the Heritage Foundation. Since then, he’s worked for Becket in its communications department as a temporary assistant and now as the firm’s associate communications director.

Montse Alvarado

Montse joined the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in 2009 and was named VP & Executive Director in February 2017. With a background in public policy and campaigns, she has led initiatives at Becket in development, communications, strategy and operations that have helped secure religious liberty victories against the contraceptive mandate, protect the rights of churches to choose their leaders, and safeguard the free speech of crisis pregnancy centers and religious groups on campus. She was profiled by the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Edition with the following introduction: “A defender of all religion, on the front lines of America’s culture wars.”

Montse has a Masters from the George Washington University and a B.A. from Florida International University. She served on the Montgomery County Commission for Women in Maryland and is currently on the board of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, the leading advocate against the legalization of assisted suicide; a board member of Speech First, an organization that protects students’ free speech rights on campus; a lay consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Religious Liberty Committee; a member of the President’s Advisory Counsel of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students; on the advisory council to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) and the GIVEN Institute; and on the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board for the Philos Project, and a board member of the Acton Institute. Although not an attorney, she “plays one on TV” advocating for Becket clients on major television and radio networks including Univision, CNN en Español, Telemundo, Fox Business, and EWTN. Born in Mexico City, she is fluent in Spanish and French and is a competitive jazz and classical vocalist.

Mark Rienzi

Mark joined the Becket team in 2011 and was elevated to President in 2018. He splits his time as Professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and as Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Mark teaches constitutional law, religious liberty, torts, and evidence. He has been voted Teacher of the Year three years in a row by the Law School’s Student Bar Association.

Mark has broad experience litigating First Amendment religious exercise and free speech cases. He has represented the winning parties in a variety of Supreme Court First Amendment cases including Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters, Wheaton College, and Holt. In January 2014, Mark argued before the Supreme Court in McCullen v. Coakley, a First Amendment challenge to a Massachusetts speech restriction outside of abortion clinics. The Justices ruled in favor of his clients 9-0. Mark also led a successful eight-year litigation battle against Governor Blagojevich’s effort to force religious pharmacists to distribute the morning-after and week-after pills.

Mark’s academic writing focuses on the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and has appeared in a variety of prestigious journals, including the Harvard Law Review.

Mark is a widely sought after speaker on constitutional issues, particularly concerning abortion and the First Amendment. Professor Rienzi has been invited to discuss these issues at Harvard Law School, Columbia University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, Notre Dame Law School, the National Press Club, and the Capitol. He has been quoted on constitutional law issues on NPR, in the Washington Times, The New York Daily News, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Mark has also been featured on the Kelly File, Fox News Sunday, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Geraldo at Large, CNN Tonight, CNN Live, Andrea Mitchell Reports, and Wall Street Journal Live.

Prior to joining Becket, Mark served as counsel for the litigation department and the intellectual property litigation practice group of WilmerHale LLP. His practice focused on complex civil and appellate litigation with a particular emphasis on intellectual property and First Amendment issues. Prior to joining WilmerHale, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Stephen F. Williams, senior circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to that, Mark was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Princeton University, both with honors.

Marie Peralta

Marie joined Becket in 2009 to assist our founder, Seamus Hasson. Since then she has worn various hats at Becket, supporting efforts in litigation, operations, development, and communications.

Before joining Becket, Marie interned as a reporter for newspapers in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Washington, D.C. She also received a grant to research information laws in India, and worked summers at the U.S. Embassies in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. She graduated summa cum laude in journalism from Brigham Young University, with a minor in Japanese.

Marie enjoys traveling, cooking with her husband, and making her son and daughter smile.

Luke Goodrich

Luke Goodrich is VP & senior counsel at Becket, where he represents religious organizations and individuals in religious liberty disputes in courts across the country, including in the Supreme Court. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches constitutional law. And he is the award-winning author of Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America, which has helped thousands of Americans understand why religious freedom matters, how it is threatened, and how to protect it.

Since joining Becket in 2008, Luke has argued and won precedent-setting cases in the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, including the landmark decision protecting housing allowances for ministers. He was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado to argue a case on behalf of Becket and several states. And he has played a role in each of Becket’s pathbreaking victories in the Supreme Court, including Little Sisters of the Poor v. BurwellBurwell v. Hobby Lobby, Holt v. Hobbs, and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC.

Dubbed “a top religious freedom attorney” by the Associated Press, Luke often appears in the national media to discuss religious liberty issues, such as on CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, PBS, and NPR. He has also been published or quoted in major outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times.

Before joining Becket, Luke was an appellate attorney at Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C., and an advisor in the human trafficking office at the U.S. Department of State. Before that, he clerked for Judge Michael W. McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Luke received his B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Wheaton College. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Lucy Nolan

Lucy Nolan joined Becket as a development associate in October 2012. Prior to Becket, Lucy worked in various DC-area nonprofit organizations, in positions ranging from administrative to policy research. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys learning languages and traveling. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives in northern Virginia with her husband and children.

Lori Windham

Lori Windham is vice president and senior counsel at Becket, where she has represented clients on cutting-edge religious freedom issues since 2005. She has represented parties before the Supreme Court, arguing Becket’s unanimous victory on behalf of foster families in Fulton v. Philadelphia, as well as working with the Becket team on its Supreme Court victories in Hosanna-TaborHobby Lobby, and Little Sisters of the Poor. She won a victory for the world’s largest religious media network in EWTN v. Azar, staving off millions of dollars in government fines under unlawful the HHS mandate. She has won more than a dozen victories in federal appellate courts, including successful defense of cities and school districts sued for accommodating religion, victories for houses of worship facing discrimination in the land use process, and overturning a multimillion-dollar judgment against a major evangelical ministry. She recently won a first-in-the-nation injunction for an adoption agency threatened with shutdown for its religious beliefs.

Recognized in Washington as an expert on religious freedom issues, Lori has testified in Congressional oversight hearings before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Outside Washington, Lori is sought-after speaker on First Amendment law, including appearances at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Central European University, and many others.

In addition to these venues, Lori also defends her clients in the media, including television appearances on CBS This Morning, Hardball, CNN Tonight, On the Record, America’s Newsroom, Opinion Journal, and many others. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and dozens of other papers. She is also a regular guest on radio, with appearances on shows ranging from Sean Hannity to NPR.

Lori has successfully represented a wide array of clients, including a Santeria priest prohibited from making animal sacrifices, synagogues prohibited from building on their own land, and religious student organizations penalized for their religious speech. One of her most challenging cases involved travel to a remote farming community to ensure that members of the local Amish community were not jailed for using their traditional building methods.

Lori is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned her B.A. summa cum laude at Abilene Christian University. She has served on the Board of Visitors of Abilene Christian University and received the ACU Young Alumnus of the Year award for her work at Becket. She sits on the board of Dominion Christian School and the visiting committee of the Fund for American Studies’ Summer Law Fellowship.

Kevin “Seamus” Hasson

Becket is the brainchild of its founder, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, who served as its first President from 1993 until his retirement due to Parkinson’s, in 2011. Right from the beginning, Becket successfully represented clients ranging, literally, “from Anglicans to Zoroastrians,” as Hasson likes to say. Along the way, Becket began to win kudos from a wide array of thinkers, including Pope John Paul II and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Some of the notable cases Hasson argued personally include Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Newark (3d. Cir. 1999), Rigdon v. Perry (D.D.C. 1997), and Newdow v. Carey (9th Cir. 2010).

Hasson enjoys broad credibility in the national media and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and US News and World Report, as well as in regional media from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Tribune to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has appeared on broadcast news programs including the Today Show, Dateline NBC, Fox & Friends, NPR, CNN, and Al-Jazeera.

Hasson is the author of The Right to be Wrong: Ending the Culture War over Religion in America. Among his other publications, Hasson also authored “Religious Liberty and Human Dignity: A Tale of Two Declarations” for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and “The Myth: Is There Religious Liberty in America?” in The Spectator.

Prior to his retirement Hasson lectured and debated widely, in venues ranging from Oxford to the Vatican, and from Harvard to Stanford. Hasson holds a law degree, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, as well as a Master’s in Theology and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He holds honorary doctorates from The Catholic University of America, Ave Maria University, and his alma mater, Notre Dame. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s International Religious Liberty Award, the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship, the National Honors award from the First Freedom Center, the Cardinal O’Boyle award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and Becket’s 2012 Canterbury Medal.

Before founding Becket in 1993, Hasson was an attorney at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he focused on religious liberty litigation. Prior to that, in 1986 and 1987, he served in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, advising the White House and Cabinet departments on church-state relations and other constitutional and legal issues.

Although retired, Hasson serves on Becket’s Board of Directors and as President Emeritus. He also serves as a trustee of the University of Dallas.

Julie Riggs

Julie re-joined Becket in the fall of 2011 as Director of External Relations. Julie was with Becket from 1996-98 during which time she launched the very first Canterbury Medal Dinner among various other development feats.

After college, Julie’s passion for politics and American history prompted a move to Washington, D.C. There, she landed an internship with The Heritage Foundation, thus beginning a successful 35-year career in the non-profit sector, where she has gained extensive expertise in fundraising and event planning. Julie has since been affiliated with many prominent free-market organizations, including the Cato Institute, the Institute for Justice, and the Cascade Policy Institute. In addition, she has participated in grassroots politics, and is no stranger to gathering signatures, phone banks, and political campaigns. She even admits to marching in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Julie earned a B.A. in Political Science and Secondary Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Julie’s passion for limited government and liberty are a driving force in her life. Julie lives in Venice, Florida with her husband Marty.

Joe Davis

Joe Davis joined Becket in 2017 as Legal Counsel. His work at Becket has included appellate litigation in both federal and state courts, including representing religious entities and governments sued because of their openness to religious expression in precedent-setting victories before the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. Joe has appeared in national media to discuss religious liberty issues, including on Fox News and numerous radio and print outlets, and his academic work on topics related to religious liberty has been published at venues including the Yale Law Journal Forum and the Notre Dame Law Review Online.

Before joining Becket, Joe worked as a litigator at Jones Walker LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked on a variety of matters from commercial and criminal litigation to bankruptcy. From 2014 to 2015, he clerked for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2014, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Joe studied religious liberty law with one of the top religious liberty scholars and litigators in the nation. He also worked as a researcher for the law school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Before going to law school, Joe received his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Religion, summa cum laude, from Mississippi State University.

Joe is married to his high school sweetheart. When he’s not helping her corral their three young children, he tends to be reading the classics, watching college football, or listening to his vinyl collection.

Hyewon Kraemer

In her role as the Director of Development at Becket, Hyewon implements the infrastructure needed to grow Becket’s budget through the solicitation of major gifts, special events, and individual and foundation support. Prior to her time at Becket, Hyewon worked for several national nonprofits managing annual giving, major gifts, institutional relationships, and event planning. Hyewon graduated from Emory University with a Bachelors in History and received her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. She participated in the John Jay Institute fellowship, a program in theology and political philosophy. Having lived in three countries and seven states, Hyewon now makes her home in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children. 

Eric Rassbach

Eric Rassbach is Vice President and Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he has served since 2003. He has led or been a part of Becket litigation teams in each of Becket’s pathbreaking victories at the United States Supreme Court, including Hosanna-Tabor, Hobby Lobby, Holt v. Hobbs, Zubik v. Burwell, Agudath Israel of America v. Cuomo, and Fulton v. Philadelphia. In 2020, Eric argued Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru to the Supreme Court, garnering a 7-2 win for his Catholic school clients. Eric has also briefed and argued cases in federal appeals courts and state supreme courts across the nation.

Eric believes passionately in the right of all Americans to the full measure of religious liberty and has represented members of almost every religious group present in the United States, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, Santeros, and Sikhs, as well as many governmental entities targeted for accommodating religion. Eric has also represented clients in appeals to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France and in the highest courts of several other countries.

Eric frequently comments on church-state issues in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other major press outlets. He has published legal scholarship in the Harvard Law Review ForumTennessee Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and other legal journals, and often speaks to law school audiences.

Before joining Becket, Eric worked at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, where he worked in international project finance. He also served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal in Houston, Texas.

Eric graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Comparative Literature, is a member of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Eric was a 2012-2013 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. He is currently a Visiting Professor and the inaugural Executive Director of The Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Religious Liberty Clinic at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law in Malibu. Eric is admitted in Texas, DC, California, and Ireland.

Eric Baxter

Eric Baxter joined Becket as senior counsel in 2011. Since then he has represented religious organizations and individuals in a wide array of religious liberty disputes at both the trial and appellate level. His case victories include a Ninth Circuit ruling upholding the “Big Mountain Jesus” statue that has stood on Forest Service land near Kalispell, Montana, for more than sixty years (FFRF v. Weber), and a rare Pentagon decision allowing a Sikh soldier to maintain his full beard and turban while serving in the Army (Singh v. Carter). Eric has extensive experience fighting efforts under state Blaine amendments to exclude religious organizations and individuals from participating on equal terms in the public square. He also regularly advises religious institutions of higher education in defending their religious missions against government encroachment.

Eric has frequently appeared in the national media to discuss religious liberty issues, including appearances on Fox News (Kelly File, Fox & Friends), WSJ Live, CBS New York, Christian Broadcasting Network, Newsmax TV, and Al Jazeera. He has also written op-eds and been quoted in many major newspapers and other print media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Fox News, New York Post, Washington Times, and New Boston Post.

Before joining Becket, Eric was a partner at Arent Fox LLP in Washington, DC, where he maintained a commercial complex litigation practice representing clients primarily in employment, intellectual property, and biotechnology disputes. He also served for many years as outside counsel to a DC church and its affiliated school. In 2007, he was awarded the Albert E. Arent Pro Bono Award for his work representing several parents adopting a total of seven children from foster care.

From 2000 to 2002, Eric clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Cleland in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit). Eric received a B.A. in Russian Literature and Linguistics from Brigham Young University and graduated magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Eric speaks Russian and some Spanish. He and his wife have seven children and an amateur family bluegrass band.

Diana Thomson

Diana Thomson has been a lawyer at Becket since 2009. Diana’s work has included domestic and international litigation, including defending the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and supporting the right of New Zealand’s Jews to have access to Kosher meat. Diana has been quoted in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Christian Post. She has been featured on Christian Broadcasting Network Television, Eternal Word Television Network, and C-SPAN. Cases in which she has served as counsel to a party include Zubik v. Burwell, 136 S. Ct. 1557 (2016); Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), Wheaton College v. Burwell, 134 S. Ct. 2806 (2014); Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith, 896 F.3d 362 (5th Cir. 2018); Moses v. Ruszkowski, 2019 NMSC 003 (N.M. 2018); Singh v. Carter, 168 F. Supp. 3d 216 (D.D.C. 2016); and Intermountain Fair Housing Council v. Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, 657 F.3d 988, 992 (9th Cir. 2011).

Diana graduated summa cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2009, where she was an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review, and practiced human rights law through the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Diana received her B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois), magna cum laude, in 2004 with a major in International Relations.

Derringer Dick

Derringer is a Strategic Research Associate at Becket. His research work has supported many of Becket’s major cases since he joined in 2015, including Zubik v. BurwellSlockish v. U.S. Federal Highway AdministrationHarvest Family Church v. FEMA and Fulton v. Philadelphia.

Before coming to Becket, Derringer studied journalism with an emphasis on the classical liberal arts at Patrick Henry College, graduating cum laude in 2015. During that time, he interned with WORLD Magazine and freelanced for The Weatherford Democrat, publishing several articles and film reviews. He graduated from the University of Dallas with a Master of American Studies in 2020.

A devotee of the more rural ways of life, Derringer likes to spend his free time writing, reading, watching movies, and expanding his personal collection of eclectic knowledge. He lives in Texas with his wife and daughter.

Daniel Blomberg

Daniel Blomberg is vice president and senior counsel for Becket. Before joining Becket, he clerked for Chief Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and served as litigation counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Daniel’s clients have included an international order of nuns, the world’s largest religious media organization, synagogues, members of the U.S. military, religious healthcare ministries, peaceful protestors, halfway houses, religious colleges, state legislators, homeless shelters, religious business owners, an art gallery, and churches. Daniel has represented a wide variety of faith groups, including Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Hindus, Hutterites, Jews, Lutherans, Mennonites, Muslims, Presbyterians, Russian Orthodox, and Sikhs. Cases on which he has served as counsel to a party include: Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey-Berru, 140 S. Ct. 2049 (2020); Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, 141 S. Ct. 63 (2020); Zubik v. Burwell, 136 S. Ct. 1557 (2016); Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius, 134 S. Ct. 1022 (2014); Wheaton College v. Burwell, 134 S. Ct. 2806 (2014); Maxon v. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2021 WL 5882035 (9th Cir. 2021); Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA v. University of Iowa, 5 F.4th 855, 867 (8th Cir. 2021); Business Leaders in Christ v. University of Iowa, 991 F.3d 969 (8th Cir. 2021); Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith, 896 F.3d 362 (5th Cir. 2018); Lee v. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 903 F.3d 113 (3d Cir. 2018); Gagliardi v. TJCV, 889 F.3d 728 (11th Cir. 2018); Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, 2018 WL 386192 (5th Cir. 2018); Fratello v. Archdiocese of New York, 863 F.3d 190 (2d Cir. 2017); Eternal Word Television Network v. U.S. Dep’t of HHS, 756 F.3d 1339 (11th Cir. 2014); Swagler v. Neighoff, 398 F. App’x 872 (4th Cir. 2010); InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA v. Bd. of Governors of Wayne State Univ., 534 F. Supp. 3d 785 (E.D. Mich. 2021); Yin v. Columbia International University, 335 F. Supp. 3d 803 (D.S.C. 2018); Singh v. Carter, 168 F. Supp. 3d 216 (D.D.C. 2016); and Swagler v. Neighoff, 837 F. Supp. 509 (D. Md. 2011).

Daniel has been featured on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Huffington Post Live, Fox News’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox Business’s Cavuto Coast to Coast, EWTN Nightly News, and CBS Evening News.

He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, Daniel clerked for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, served on a South Carolina Supreme Court task force, and interned with Judge J. Michelle Childs of the Circuit Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit as a part of the Judicial Observation and Education program. He is a Blackstone Fellow. Daniel received his undergraduate degree from Columbia International University. He and his wife have five children and a noisy beagle.

Angela Wu Howard

Angela Wu Howard is the Senior Law Fellow at the Becket Institute, an academic project of Becket. She formerly served as Becket’s International Law Director.

Angela obtained a D. Phil. from University of Oxford, a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School; a B.A. with honors in Modern Intellectual History from Northwestern University, and a D.E.S. in European Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She clerked in San Francisco for the Honorable William W Schwarzer (sitting by designation on federal circuit courts of appeal), worked for Oxfam America in Boston, and served as a negotiations consultant on civil society issues to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. She has also served on the governing Bureau of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Angela was litigating hostile corporate takeovers and political asylum cases with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York when Becket called. Her current work is based at the University of Oxford, where she is researching legal philosophy applied to religious freedom.

Angela speaks English fluently and French, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese to varying degrees of competency. She enjoys dictionaries and design.

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.

Adèle Keim

Adèle Keim joined Becket as Legal Counsel in 2012. While at Becket, Adèle has defended the rights of rock bands, Native American sacred dancers, organizations supporting Cuban orphanages, and nuns. Adèle has been featured on CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, EWTN, TheBlaze, and MSNBC.

Adèle joined Becket after spending four years as an associate in the appellate practice at Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C. From 2007 to 2008, Adèle clerked for Hon. Edith Brown Clement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Before she became a lawyer, Adèle worked for a Canadian Member of Parliament and spent two years covering international religious freedom and social issues for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

Adèle received her A.B. in Politics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 2001 and graduated from Notre Dame Law School with honors in 2007. Adèle attended secondary school in British Columbia, where her family still lives. Adèle enjoys cooking Ethiopian food, watching crew regattas, and taking family walks with her husband and two children.