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Who We Are 2017-08-15T14:51:55+00:00

Great Lakes Justice Center Team

Professor William Wagner
Professor William Wagner- President -

Professor William Wagner is a Christian. He currently serves as President and Chairman of Salt & Light Global. He holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Professor Wagner is an internationally recognized expert in constitutional law and good governance. As lead amicus counsel in various matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various Christian organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Professor Wagner’s public service includes serving as a Federal judge in the United States Courts, legal counsel in the U.S. Senate, senior assistant United States attorney in the Department of Justice, and as an American diplomat. His writing is published in numerous journals, books, and other publications. Soli Deo Gloria.

David A. Kallman
David A. Kallman- Senior Legal Counsel -

David A. Kallman has over 30 years of litigation experience with over 300 trials. His experience includes, constitutional law, administrative law, church state relations, homeschooling and education law, etc. He has handled hundreds of home school cases and served as the trial attorney in the seminal DeJonge case, which ultimately resulted the Michigan Supreme Court protecting the right of home educators to teach their children without excessive government regulation.

In 2008, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously appointed David to serve as a Commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan. He also serves as an adjunct law professor teaching law at different academic institutions. David is also actively involved in his church and served for many years as president of the board of a local adoption agency. He is the founder of the Kallman Legal Group, PLLC, a successful general practice law firm in Michigan.

David holds a B.A. in Business Management and a J.D. in law. He and his wife, Beth, a Registered Nurse, were married in 1983 and have two children, Stephen and Rachel. As a testament to their belief in home education, he and his wife homeschooled their two children through high school graduation.

Stephen P. Kallman
Stephen P. Kallman- Senior Legal Counsel -

Stephen P. Kallman was admitted to the Michigan State Bar as an attorney in November of 2011. He serves as Senior Legal Counsel and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Justice Center. He has a special interest in protecting religious liberty and freedom of speech. Steve played NCAA Division I basketball in college before attending law school. After earning his JD, he began the practice of law in 2011. He follows in his grandfather and father’s footsteps as a third generation attorney at Kallman Legal Group, PLLC.

Steve is a published author and has presented and testified in state legislative forums. He actively involved in his church and serves on the Board of a Christian home education ministry. Stephen married his wife, Paige, in 2010. Steve and Paige’s son, Tyler, was born in the summer of 2014, and their daughter, Millie, was born in the spring of 2017.

Steve is coauthor of a law review article published in the Liberty University School of Law, Law Review entitled, ” SUICIDE KILLING OF HUMAN LIFE AS A HUMAN RIGHT — The Continuing Devolution of Assisted Suicide Law in the United Kingdom”  (6 LIBULR 27 (2011)).

John S. Kane
John S. Kane- Senior Legal Counsel -

Professor John S. Kane graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. He thereafter held a federal judicial clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals after being inducted into the nation’s most prestigious legal honor society, the Order of the Coif.  He subsequently served as a percentage partner in the Appellate Advocacy Practice Group of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn before joining academia. After a distinguished career as a Tenured Professor of Law, Professor Kane left academia to devote more of his time to protecting religious liberty through the practice of law.

Erin E. Mersino
Erin E. Mersino- Senior Legal Counsel -

Erin Elizabeth Mersino is a Christian who loves God and strives to serve Him in her work. Erin is an accomplished attorney who practices in our nation’s highest courts to protect our First Amendment freedoms with a special focus on the protection of our religious freedom and freedom of speech.

Erin authored numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court, both as a party and as amicus curiae – and has won! In addition to her work before the United States Supreme Court she also litigated several cases before the United States Court of Appeals (Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits). Erin worked on some of the most influential cases in recent time, including the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act under the commerce clause and the legality of the HHS Mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Erin obtained the second injunction in the nation against the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate. Erin has been first chair in over 40 trials in federal and state courts.

Erin has appeared on national television programs, including Fox and Friends, On the Record with Greta VanSusteren, and a Kelly File Special: Who is teaching our kids? Erin enjoys writing and her work has been published in USA Today, Politico Magazine, National Right to Life News, and American Thinker. Erin is frequently interviewed by radio and news outlets. A representative sample of these interviews includes the Blaze, NPR, the Washington Times, the Laura Ingraham Show, Catholic Answers, the Drew Mariani Show, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, Life Site News, and World Net Daily. Erin is passionate about protecting the right of conscience and the sanctity of life, and won the 2013 Defender of the Faith Award from Legatus.

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