Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Steven Epstein, JD Biography

Title:
Attorney
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Since the emergence of its Establishment Clause jurisprudence nearly fifty years ago, the Supreme Court has struggled mightily to explain why ceremonial deism is permitted in our constitutional framework while other practices the Court has invalidated are not. The normative vision embraced by the endorsement test is blurred beyond recognition if practices such as…a Pledge of Allegiance to a nation ‘under God,’ and the like are permitted to persist. Any explanation of why these practices survive constitutional scrutiny under this test, while school prayer and other practices invalidated by the Court do not, is hopelessly inadequate.”

Columbia Law Review, Dec. 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Counsel, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Legal Writing, University of Illinois College of Law, 1994-1996
  • Associate, Fuller, Becton, Billings & Slifkin, P.A., 1992–1994
  • Law Clerk, Hon. W. Earl Britt, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1990-1992
Education:
  • JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1990
  • BA, University of North Carolina, 1987
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Why Can One Pledge to Tell the Truth "under God" (or Affirm) in Court?