Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., To Speak at the Religion Newswriters Association
Religion Newswriters Association, Annual Conference
Kn i g h t s o f C o l umb u s Luncheon
A closer look at rights of religious conscience in modern society
President & CEO, Americans United for Life
Join us for the 60th RNA Annual Conference Sept. 10-12, 2009, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. Can’t be there? Don’t miss a thing; follow us on Twitter @ReligionReport / #RNA20
Dr. Charmaine Yoest has a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of
Virginia, and began her career in the White House during the Reagan
Administration. She is the co-author of Mother in the Middle, an
examination of childcare policy, published by HarperCollins.
Americans United for Life recently provided legal support to Illinois
pharmacists who challenged an executive order by former Governor
Rod Blagojevich that would have forced pharmacists to fill
RNA was founded in 1949 to advance the professional standards of religion reporting in the mainstream media and to create a support network for religion reporters. The Association’s primary projects include an annual conference, contests for religion reporting, membership resources and mentoring.
In 1999, RNA created an educational and charitable arm, the Religion Newswriters Foundation. Since its founding the RNF has received millions in grants to create tools and training for religion reporters, including our Web site, ReligionLink, the Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program, a religion stylebook and primer, webinars (online seminars) and regional training events, among others.
Teresa Stanton Collett
Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Professor Collett is a nationally sought-after scholar and speaker on
marriage, religion and bioethics. She is co-editor of a collection of
essays exploring “catholic” and “Catholic” perspectives on American
law. She has served as special Attorney General for Oklahoma and
Kansas, as well as assisting other state Attorneys General in defending
laws protecting human life and marriage. Prior to joining St. Thomas in
2003, Professor Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law,
where she established the nation’s first annual symposium on legal
ethics. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Professor Vischer’s current book project is entitled Conscience and
the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and
State. He specializes in exploring the intersection of law, religion, and
public policy with a particular focus on the religious and moral
dimensions of professional identity. He came to St. Thomas from St.
John’s University Law School, where he was an Assistant Professor of
Law and Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. He
is a graduate of Harvard Law School.