Prof. Marci Hamilton, CEO and Academic Director
Prof. Hamilton is a leading national expert on legal remedies to child sex abuse, including statute of limitation reform. Prof. Hamilton has been extensively quoted in national media, and is the author of two seminal books: God vs. The Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty, and Justice Denied, What America Must Do to Protect Its Children. Prof. Hamilton has received many honors and awards for her pioneering work to protect the vulnerable, including the Voice of Courage Award, Voice Today, 2016; the Annual Religious Liberty Award, American Humanist Association, 2015; the Freethought Heroine of the Year, Freedom from Religion Foundation, 2014; the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award, National Crime Victims Bar Association, 2012; Pennsylvania Woman of the Year, 2012; and the E. Nathaniel Gates Award, Cardozo Law School, for outstanding scholarly work and public advocacy, 2008. She is also the author of God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press 2014), which was nominated by Cambridge for a Pulitzer Prize.
Earlier in her career, Prof. Hamilton clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the United States Supreme Court and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
She is a Penny and Robert Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar in the Program for Research on Religion, Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Research Chair at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Advisor
Dr. Berkowitz is a leading national expert on child trauma. He is the Director of the Center for Youth and Family Traumatic Stress Recovery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor at the Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. He is co-author of “The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention: Secondary Prevention for Youth At Risk of Developing PTSD,” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, June 2011; 52 (6): 676-85, along with many other publications and has received numerous high-level grants for the study of trauma and its effects on children and families.
Dr. Paul Offit, Advisor
Dr. Offit is a leading national expert on vaccines, infectious diseases and medical neglect. He is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP). He is a member of the Board of Directors of CHOP, and the author of Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine (Basic Books, 2015).