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Kevin Seamus Hasson, JD Biography

Founder and Former President of Becket Law
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"

“When government acknowledges that it is ‘under God,’ it acknowledges that it is not the source of our rights and therefore cannot deny them to us. Our rights come from a source higher than and prior to the government—from the Creator himself. A government that declares this is humbler and safer than one that imagines itself to be the source of all our freedoms.

To edit ‘under God’ out of the Pledge of Allegiance, or the Creator from the Declaration of Independence, would change far more than the wording of two famous utterances. It would shift our entire understanding of where our rights come from.”

Interview with Matt Reynolds, “Why We Shouldn’t Remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance,”, Mar. 18, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President Emeritus, Becket Law, 2011-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Becket Law
  • Trustee, University of Dallas
  • Founder and former President of Becket Law, 1993-2011
  • Former Attorney, Williams & Connolly
  • Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, US Department of Justice, 1986-1987
  • JD, magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1985
  • MA, Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1982
  • BS, Theology and Economics, University of Notre Dame, 1979
  • Retired in 2011 due to Parkinson’s disease
  • Recipient, Salvatori Prize, Heritage Foundation, 2012
  • Received Honorary Doctorate of Law from Notre Dame, 2012
  • Received Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the Catholic University of America, 2011
  • Recipient, J. Reuben Clark Society International Religious Liberty Award, 2011
  • Recipient, First Freedom Center’s National Religious Liberty Award, 2007
  • Represented defendants who wanted to continue to say “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance in the 2007 court case Newdow v. Rio Linda School District