Summit Panel Announcement: School Choice in the Courts
Will the U.S. Supreme Court take the Montana Tax Credit Scholarship Case? Will this case pave the way for repeal of the dreaded Blaine Amendments across the country? Join us to hear from three of the sharpest legal minds in the country as they discuss past, present and future school choice cases.
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Tim Keller leads IJ’s Educational Choice Team, overseeing attorneys who help policymakers design constitutionally defensible educational choice programs nationwide. Tim served as IJ’s lead counsel in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, a U.S. Supreme Court victory that protected Arizona’s pioneering tax-credit-funded private school scholarship program. Tim also successfully defended Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account Program, a program he helped design. Tim received his law degree from Arizona State University. Prior to starting law school, Tim worked as a research assistant at the Goldwater Institute. Upon graduation from law school, Tim clerked for the then-Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Robert D. Myers and for the Honorable Ann A. Scott Timmer on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Tim and his wife, Lisa, have four sons, Daniel, Benjamin, Ethan, and Noah.
Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, U.S. Department of Justice
Eric M. Treene
Mr. Treene oversees the Department of Justice’s religious discrimination and religious liberty efforts, including laws protecting religious rights in education, employment, housing, the construction of places of worship, the rights of institutionalized persons, and the prosecution of religious hate crimes and attacks on places of worship. Before joining the Department of Justice in 2002, he was Litigation Director at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he represented Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Native Americans in a wide range of religious freedom cases. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, and is the author of a number of articles and a contributor to two books on constitutional law and civil rights.
Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Diana has been a lawyer at Becket since 2009. Diana’s work has included domestic and international litigation, including defending the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and supporting the right of New Zealand’s Jews to have access to Kosher meat. Diana has been quoted in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Christian Post. She has been featured on Christian Broadcasting Network Television, Eternal Word Television Network, and C-SPAN. Cases in which she has served as counsel to a party include Zubik v. Burwell, 136 S. Ct. 1557 (2016); Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), Wheaton College v. Burwell, 134 S. Ct. 2806 (2014); Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith, 896 F.3d 362 (5th Cir. 2018); Moses v. Ruszkowski, 2019 NMSC 003 (N.M. 2018); Singh v. Carter, 168 F. Supp. 3d 216 (D.D.C. 2016); and Intermountain Fair Housing Council v. Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, 657 F.3d 988, 992 (9th Cir. 2011). Diana graduated summa cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2009, where she was an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review, and practiced human rights law through the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Diana received her B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois), magna cum laude, in 2004 with a major in International Relations.