Christine Pratt is Counsel with First Liberty Institute, concentrating on religious liberty matters in the education and health care fields.
Christine, a native of Florida, attended both undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida. For her undergraduate studies, Christine graduated summa cum laude, majoring in Economics and minoring in Religion. During law school at the University of Florida, Christine started and led a weekly Bible study at a female juvenile detention center and served as President of the Christian Legal Society and Secretary of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Prior to joining the First Liberty Institute, Christine clerked for Robert T. Numbers III, a Federal Magistrate Judge on the Eastern District of North Carolina. After her clerkship, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education in the General Counsel’s office in Washington, DC, where she advised the Department’s senior officials on matters such as litigation strategy, state violations of federal law, and researched and drafted numerous regulations promulgated by the Department, including a regulation that expanded the eligibility of religious students and schools to participate in federal student aid programs, and a Title IX regulation clarifying how schools should respond to sexual harassment complaints.
Later, Christine began working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Senior Advisor on Conscience and Religious Freedom in the Office for Civil Rights. There, Christine supervised a staff of attorneys and analysts, and assisted senior officials in addressing religious liberty matters, including the provision of religious exemptions to faith-based foster care agencies and religious health care providers, the promulgation of a regulation that removed burdens imposed by the government solely on religious service providers, and the investigation, and when necessary, the enforcement, of state violations of Federal law.
While at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Christine also assisted HHS in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by reviewing HHS guidance, including CDC guidance, published during the pandemic to ensure that such guidance conformed with civil rights law, and she assisted hospitals in revising their COVID-19 visitation policies to allow religious patients to receive visits from clergy and disabled patients to receive access to support persons during the pandemic.
Christine is licensed to practice law in Florida. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children, where she enjoys hiking and camping in the Shenandoah Valley.
In 2023, Christine will clerk for Robert J. Luck on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
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