Defending the First Amendment and More: The Work of CFI’s Policy and Legal Departments
The Center for Inquiry's executive office in Washington, D.C. houses two of the organization's most important programs. The Office of Public Policy, under the direction of Michael De Dora, advocates at all levels of government -- state, federal, and international -- while the Legal Department, under the direction of Nick Little, works within the American court system, including the Supreme Court. Their shared goals are to advance secular government and humanist values in policy and law.
In this combined talk, De Dora and Little will discuss their work on Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and at the United Nations to protect separation of religion and state, fundamental human rights, and the role of reason and science in formulating policies and laws, and share insights on future work and the challenges that lie ahead.
De Dora also is CFI's representative to the United Nations and serves as president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Michael received a master's degree in political theory from Brooklyn College, and a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and communication from the University at Albany. He currently oversees two of CFI's online projects: the Campaign for Free Expression and Keep Health Care Safe and Secular.
Little is Vice President and General Counsel at the Center for Inquiry. He holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, a master's degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, and a bachelor's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. While at CFI, Nick has filed amicus briefs in the Hobby Lobby, Zubik, Obergefell, and Whole Women's Health Supreme Court cases, as well as the Seventh Circuit challenge to the Bladensburg Cross war memorial. In addition to overseeing the Center's litigation, he provides general advice on legal matters affecting the Center.
This talk will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center at 1845 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa. Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.
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