How can practicing law glorify Christ?
Lori Windham is Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. She has extensive litigation experience, representing a variety of religious groups at every level from the district courts to the Supreme Court. Her work has included cases under the Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, RFRA, RLUIPA, and state religious freedom laws. Her diverse clients have included Amish builders penalized for their traditional construction practices, a Santeria priest prohibited from conducting animal sacrifice, Evangelical churches unable to use their property for worship, and public school districts sued for accommodating religious expression. She has been invited to debate and lecture on religious liberty issues at Yale Law School, Central European University, Georgetown University Law Center, and other venues. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on religious freedom issues. Lori regularly appears in national media to speak about her cases, including appearances on CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and other outlets. 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 the Becket Fund.
Mike Schutt is director of the Christian Legal Society’s Law Student Ministries and the Institute for Christian Legal Studies (“ICLS”), a cooperative ministry of CLS and Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California, where he is a Visiting Professor. He has taught Professional Responsibility, Torts, and Christian Foundations of Law, among other courses. Schutt also serves InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as National Coordinator of its Law School Ministry and directs Attorney Ministries for CLS. He is the author of Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession (IVP 2007) and serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Christian Legal Thought. He taught on the Regent University full-time law faculty from 1993-2013. He is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. He writes and travels from his home in Mount Pleasant, Texas, where he lives with his wife Lisa and their youngest son, Jack. He has two married children who, with their wonderful spouses, are saving to support their parents in their old age.
Cristina Martinez Squiers
Cristina Martinez Squiers is a third year law student at Southern Methodist University, where she is the Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Law Review. While in law school, Cristina has represented both criminal defendants and children in foster care as a student attorney. She also interned for the Honorable Catharina Haynes of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and completed a Blackstone Legal Fellowship sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom. Cristina earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Princeton University in 2012. During her time at Princeton, Cristina served as Vice President of Princeton Faith and Action, a ministry of Christian Union. She wrote a senior thesis exploring the outcomes of young adults in the foster care system of the United States. Between Princeton and SMU, Cristina completed a one-year ReachOut Fellowship at Bethany Christian Services in Philadelphia, where she developed a mentoring program for youth leaving the foster care system, a project inspired by her undergraduate thesis work. Upon her graduation from SMU, Cristina will begin her legal career as a Litigation Associate at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher in Dallas, Texas. Cristina is married to Jack Squiers, a fellow Princeton and Christian Union alumni, who will soon graduate medical school to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery. They have a five-month-old daughter, Lucy. Cristina is a regular contributor to Shared Justice, an online journal dedicated to thoughtful discussion about the intersection of faith and politics.