Kristina Arriaga: Executive Director, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Michael Gerson: Op-ed Columnist, The Washington Post
Gregory M. Lipper: Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Moderator: Meryl Chertoff: Executive Director, Justice and Society Program, The Aspen Institute
Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz developed her lifelong passion for freedom from her exiled Cuban American parents. Executive Director since 2010, she leads a team of lawyers and communications professionals who defend our first freedom in the US and abroad. Kristina first joined the Becket Fund in 1995, bringing many years of experience in the fight for liberty.
Meryl Justin Chertoff is Executive Director of The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where she teaches about state government, intergovernmental affairs and state courts.
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Post. He is the author of “Heroic Conservatism” (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson serves as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser.
Gregory M. Lipper
Gregory M. Lipper is Senior Litigation Counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Mr. Lipper joined Americans United in January 2011, and he litigates church/state cases at trial and on appeal. He is an experienced oral advocate, and was named a 2013 “Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.
Gregory Lipper, Senior Litigation Counsel for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, argue whether state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are being used to justify discrimination.