President Trump has transformed our federal judiciary with lifetime appointments of conservative judges - a transformation that will have adverse impacts on church-state separation for decades to come. As of May 2020, Trump has seated two Supreme Court justices, fifty-one court of appeals judges, and 141 district court judges. Trump has appointed more circuit judges by this point in his presidency than any other president in recent history. More than one out of every four active judges on the United States Courts of Appeals are Trump appointees. Facing an uphill climb, learn how the AHA’s secular attorneys are working to defend the constitutional rights of humanists. What can we do? Is there a winning strategy given today’s climate? What does Trump’s impact mean for the separation of church and state? Izzy Oldfield is the paralegal at the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. She has assisted the AHA’s attorneys with several federal cases, most notably the Supreme Court case, American Legion v. American Humanist Association. Izzy will address the advocacy efforts of the AHA’s legal team and be available for questions at the end of her presentation.
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