PROF. MARCI HAMILTON, CEO AND ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
MARCI A. HAMILTON is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program Professor of Practice, and Fox Family Pavilion Resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, www.childusa.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit academic think tank at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to prevent child abuse and neglect. Before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Hamilton was the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
Hamilton is the leading expert on child sex abuse statutes of limitations and has submitted testimony and advised legislators in every state where significant reform has occurred. She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children(Cambridge University Press), which advocates for the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations. She has filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts. Her textbook, Children and the Law, co-authored with Martin Gardner, will be published Fall 2017 by Carolina Academic Press, formerly Lexis/Nexis.
Hamilton has been a vocal and influential critic of extreme religious liberty, advocating for the vulnerable about overreaching. Hamilton successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) at the Supreme Court in Boerne v. Flores(1997), and defeated the RFRA claim brought by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against hundreds of child sex abuse survivors in Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Listecki(7thCir. 2015). She has represented numerous cities dealing with church-state issues as well as claims brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA). The author of God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty(Cambridge University Press), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she is also a columnist for Verdict on Justia.com.
Hamilton has been honored with the 2018 Pennsylvania State University Department of Philosophy Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School Louis H. Pollak Public Service Award, the 2016 Voice Today, Voice of Gratitude Award; the 2015 Religious Liberty Award, American Humanist Association; the 2014 Freethought Heroine Award; the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award, 2012; the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for outstanding public advocacy and scholarship, 2008; and selected as a Pennsylvania Woman of the Year Award, 2012, among others. She is also frequently quoted in the national media on child abuse and neglect, statute of limitations, constitutional, RFRA, RLUIPA, and First Amendment issues.
Hamilton clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Hamilton is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude; Pennsylvania State University, M.A. (English, fiction writing, High Honors); M.A. (Philosophy); and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of PennsylvaniaLaw Review. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.
Alix P. Boren, Executive Director
Ali Boren, CHILD USA's Executive Director is an attorney, licensed to practice in both Florida and Massachusetts. She joins CHILD from a boutique plaintiff’s firm where she focused primarily on major multi-district federal litigation. Ali has varied legal experience ranging from products liability and commercial litigation to criminal and constitutional law and estate planning.
A Florida native, Ali received her B.A. in History from Florida State University and her J.D. from Florida International University College of Law. During law school, she served as the Executive Managing Editor of the FIU Law Review, competed as a member of the Moot Court team, and served as both a Research Assistant and a legal writing Teaching Assistant. She received the FIU COL Pro Bono Service Award before graduation. Ali is passionate about children’s issues and using evidence-based solutions to solve social problems, which she brings to her role as CHILD’s ED.
Lauren Frances, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Lauren Frances is an internationally acclaimed human dynamics and relationships expert, bestselling author, public speaker, and media personality. Her insights about human dynamics and personal empowerment have been featured in numerous media outlets, and she is a leading authority on online digital safety practices for women. As a thought leader, she is a sought after speaker for corporations and conventions, like the Klostser Forum at Davos WEF, 2018, and the X-Prize Visoneering conference to name a few.
A former high level industry event planner in Los Angeles, Ms. Frances has produced hundreds of events in all aspects of the entertainment industry, notably with Goldenvoice, E3, The Simpsons Global Fan-fest, Sony, Capitol Records, Warner Bros, to name a few. She is delighted to support CHILD USA’s efforts to expand our reach and identify partners to join us in our mission to create a safer place for children everywhere.