William Saunders was mentioned in an April 30, 2018 article, “Law schools are right to prioritize religious freedom” by Andrea Picciotti-Bayer (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/law-schools-are-right-to-prioritize-religious-freedom)
Picciotti-Bayer wrote that having two “well-regarded” law schools dedicate resources in defense of religious freedom “reflects an important commitment among those shaping the legal profession.”
From CDL’s perspective, this “important commitment” also demonstrates leadership in the defense of religious freedom.
What is significant about CUA’s Center was their description of the Center as being dedicated to “the study and articulation of the Catholic approach to religious liberty as a fundamental human right for all persons, regardless of faith.”
Understanding what is specific about a “Catholic approach to religious liberty” could go a long way toward engaging Catholics to defend the Faith and religious freedom. The nonsectarian quality of “for all persons, regardless of faith” would be a real asset for defending religious freedom in an increasingly secular society.
Choosing CDL’s Annual Dinner Keynote Speaker based on these recent initiatives would highlight growing awareness in one font of future defenders of the Faith and religious freedom–the legal profession. It would reflect current developments. It would also help raise awareness of the relevance of religious freedom.
William Saunders Bio
In addition to being Co-Director for the Center for Religious Liberty, Mr. Saunders is also Director of the Program in Human Rights, Institute for Human Ecology. He is also Of Counsel, Americans United for Life; Chair of Religious Liberties Group of Federalist Society; and President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. His expertise is in Bioethics, Religious Liberty, and Human Rights.
Mr. Saunders is a graduate of the Harvard Law School. He has been involved in issues of public policy, law, and ethics for thirty years. A regular columnist for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Mr. Saunders has written widely on these topics, as well as on Catholic social teaching. He has given lectures in law schools and colleges throughout the United States and the world. He is the Director of the Program in Human Rights for the Institute for Human Ecology.