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Alumna's firm wins U.S. Supreme Court case

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Lori (Halstead ’01) Windham speaks about the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius cases. (Video still via CNN)
An Abilene Christian University alumna is in the national spotlight today after the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., announced its ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.
Lori (Halstead ’01) Windham, J.D., senior counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is a member of the legal team representing Hobby Lobby’s challenge of the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate. She holds a political science degree from ACU and a law degree from Harvard University.
“This case is about the freedoms of all Americans – women and men – and it’s something that all Americans should celebrate today,” Windham said in a press conference shortly after the ruling was announced.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that closely held companies — including those owned by a family with religious convictions — cannot be required to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees.
In a Q&A earlier this month on the ACU Today magazine blog, Windham talked about the excitement of taking a case to the nation’s high court, as well as other religious freedom cases she has argued in her nine years with the Becket Fund.
Windham was named ACU’s 2009 Young Alumnus of the Year.