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John E. Thompson, JD Biography

Title:
Associate at Shearman and Sterling LLP
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“‘Under God’ may be only two words, but they reflect a pervasive pattern of government behavior the suppresses the development of atheistic and nontheistic beliefs. The words limit, rather than promote, religious pluralism.”

Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Summer 2003

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Education:
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard University Law School, 2003
  • MIA, Columbia University, 1993
  • BA, summa cum laude, Columbia University, 1992
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Does the Phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause?