Courtni Burleson

Director of Foundation Relations and Legal Academy

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Courtni Burleson is the Senior Foundation Relations Manager at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Before joining AU, Courtni spent five years leading the grants program at the American Constitution Society. Previously, she held positions at the D.C. Sentencing Commission and Vera Institute of Justice to support criminal justice policy efforts, and worked as a freelance editor, collaborating on both fiction and non-fiction projects. Courtni began her career as an attorney and has worked in public defender offices in Washington, D.C., California and New York.

Courtni received her Juris Doctor from University of California Berkeley School of Law, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in justice, law & society from American University. While at Berkeley, she was the editor-in-chief of the African American Law & Policy Report and is a former co-chair, board member and fellowship coordinator for the Berkeley Law Foundation.

BREAKING NEWS

Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.


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