David Niose is the legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. Having practiced law since 1990, Niose has litigated cases in state and federal courts all over the country, advocating for church-state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists.
Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues for publications such as the Washington Post, Salon, Truthout, Huffington Post, and many others. He is author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason. 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. He has appeared in national and international media and spoken to groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of a visible secular demographic to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of the nonreligious, and sway public opinion away from the religious right. He has also worked with the Secular Coalition for America in various positions, and he is author of the popular Psychology Today blog, Our Humanity, Naturally.