An overview of recent developments in church-state law and other areas of jurisprudence of interest to Humanists. We’ll summarize the activities of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, take a look at other cases relevant to Humanists, and discuss what to expect going forward.
Niose is the legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. He has practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. He is also the immediate past president of the American Humanist Association. As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church-state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and has pioneered the legal strategy of enforcing the rights of humanists and other nontheists through the avenue of equal protection law.
Miller is an attorney at the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2008 and from Columbia University in 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration for Environmental Science and Policy. She graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2012 and is a member of the bars of California and the District of Columbia. In her legal work she has filed a number of church-state lawsuits, appeared before federal district courts in several states as well as the U.S. Appeals Court for the Fourth Circuit, and has written amicus briefs, three of which were filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.