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ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College will open its Spring Lecture Series on Thursday, sponsored by the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy.

Allyson McKinney Timm, founder and executive director of Justice Revival in Washington, DC, will be the guest speaker for the 7 p.m. event at the Myles Center for the Arts.

In his lecture entitled “Reconciling religion and human rights? The experience of a lawyer grappling with lingering tensions over gender equality,” Timm will explore the complex relationship between religion and human rights and, in particular, the ongoing tensions over the issue of gender equality.

“D&E is very fortunate to have a leading human rights lawyer and faith leader joining us as we begin the Center’s spring presentations on democracy and faith,” said Dr. Bryan Wagoner, associate professor of religious studies and philosophy and director of the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy. “Allyson is a national thought leader who will help our community reflect on women’s rights as human rights and the complex connections between rights discourse and matters of faith.

A human rights lawyer, scholar, and religious leader, Timm has two decades of experience advocating for the dignity and rights of people on the margins, in the United States and around the world. His work promoting justice and equality has spanned the non-profit, private and academic sectors. After founding Justice Revival in 2017, she was named “one of ten religious leaders to watch” by the Center for American Progress the following year. His writing has appeared in Sojourners, California Lawyer, The Independent, USA Today, Yale Divinity School’s Reflections magazine, and others.

As a Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School, Timm taught and supervised students at the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, investigating and analyzing issues such as child and forced marriage. , human trafficking, religious freedom. and the human rights to education and housing.

Timm also created and led the Uganda Field Office of the International Justice Mission, an organization that launched a successful program to defend the property and inheritance rights of vulnerable widows and orphans.

Prior to joining IJM, Timm was a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where she contributed to a team that successfully advocated for the reform of unlawful conditions in California’s juvenile prison system. She worked on a first civil action to combat human trafficking and served as a volunteer in a trial team with the Office of the Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Over the years, she has worked on several projects dealing with constitutional law, justice and peacebuilding issues in what is now South Sudan.

Timm holds professional degrees in law and business from Georgetown University and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. She is ordained a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and will be teaching adult education and preaching at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 27.

Timm’s lecture is the first in a series sponsored by the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy this spring that focuses on the themes of democracy and faith. All are free and open to the public. Mandatory masks and social distancing.

For more information, email Wagoner at [email protected]



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