Heather Lachenauer | First Liberty
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Heather A. Lachenauer serves as Senior Counsel with First Liberty Institute. She joined First Liberty in 2019 after a fruitful and productive career in Intellectual Property litigation and prosecution. Heather is an experienced litigator, appellate advocate and educator who has successfully represented international companies, federal agencies, financial institutions, businesses and individuals. She has advocated on behalf of clients in a variety of pro bono matters involving asylum, the death penalty, and religious liberty, among others. Heather has taught Political Science, Rhetoric, and Poetics and Aesthetics as an adjunct professor and is a former member of the Board of Regents of St. John Paul the Great Catholic University. She is the co-founder of Epiphany Prep Charter School, a school dedicated to providing quality education to children living in low-income communities in San Diego.

Prior to practicing law, Heather spent ten years working in the field of international development and humanitarian aid, with a focus on legal reform and economic development in Central and Eastern Europe and West Africa and the development of sustainable education in Papua New Guinea.

Heather completed her undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and obtained a Master’s degree in Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. She earned her law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

A Virginia native, Heather is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas, and is admitted to practice before multiple federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

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September 2018 Why Lehigh County should not have to remove the cross from its seal

By Stephanie Taub, Senior Counsel at First Liberty On Sept. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit heard oral arguments over whether the Lehigh County seal is constitutional. Attorneys representing the county argued that the seal is constitutional and need not be censored simply because it contains religious imagery. They are absolutelyRead full article »

August 2018 DOL Issues New Guidelines to Stop Discrimination Against Religious Federal Contractors

By Stephanie Taub, Senior Counsel of First Liberty Institute Thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the federal government clarified that it is free to work with whichever organization is best able to achieve the government’s goals, providing optimal services to those in need. The guidelines, recently issuedRead full article »

June 2018 Opinion: Protecting all Americans from anti-religious hostility

By: Stephanie Taub, First Liberty Institute Senior Counsel. Originally published on The Washington Times on June 14, 2018. Seven justices of the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was unconstitutionally biased against the religious beliefs of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. This holding is a win for allRead full article »

May 2018 Opinion: Legislating Censorship in California

By: Stephanie Taub, First Liberty Institute Senior Counsel. Originally published in National Review on May 18, 2018. A bill in the state assembly would restrict access to information on marriage and human sexuality. People have a right to hear all sides of controversial issues and to decide for themselves what they want to believe. TheyRead full article »

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