Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association’s 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. Since joining the AHA as an attorney in 2012, Ms. Miller has vigorously defended the separation of church and state by litigating Establishment Clause cases in federal courts across the country, sending cease-and-desist letters to government entities, and drafting amicus briefs in support of cases of public interest, including several briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Miller has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, as well as local television stations and radio shows, and is regularly quoted by national and local media outlets throughout the country, including Fox News, Aljazeera, USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, among many others. In pursuit of her concern for animal rights, Ms. Miller is also an attorney for the Nonhuman Rights Project and is featured in an HBO documentary about the project, “Unlocking the Cage,” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
David Niose is the legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, running the AHLC’s Massachusetts office. His background includes experience in law and mass communication. Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also 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.
Upon joining the AHA board in 2005, Niose initiated and helped develop the AHA’s media campaign. Niose has appeared in national media and spoken to groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right.
As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church/state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and he is currently involved in implementing a legal strategy to enforce the rights of humanists and other nontheists via the avenue of equal protection law. He has worked with the Secular Coalition for America in various positions to help advocate for the rights of Secular Americans, and has served on the boards of Greater Worcester Humanists and Greater Boston Humanists.
He is the author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason.