Scholars & Leaders

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PROF. MARCI HAMILTON, CEO AND ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Professor 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: Justice Denied, What America Must Do to Protect Its Children and God vs. The Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty, which was nominated by Cambridge for a Pulitzer Prize. 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 Free thought 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 a Penny and Robert Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar in the Program for Research on Religion, Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania.  She previously held the Paul R. Verkuil Research Chair at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  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.


Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Advisor

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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

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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).


Dr. Leslie C. Griffin, Director of Amicus Advocacy

Dr. Griffin is the author of Law and Religion: Cases and Materials, now in its fourth edition (2017) with Foundation Press.  She has long used her training in Law and Religious Studies to advocate rights in religious institutions for women, men, children, the disabled, and LGBTQs. She is also co-author of Practicing Bioethics Law (2015), and uses that training to advocate for full health coverage for everyone, without any religious discrimination.  Griffin has written numerous briefs defending employees’ religious freedom. She will be directing CHILD USA’s Amicus Advocacy Project so that our commitment to civil rights is heard in courts throughout the country.  

Griffin, a prolific scholar, who focuses on religion, bioethics, and constitutional law, received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.  

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