E13: Brent McBurney and global religious freedom advocacy

January 27, 2015

Matt Hawkins interviews Brent McBurney, President and CEO of Advocates International. Matt and Brent talk about what the advocacy for religious freedom looks like in different places around the globe and how local professionals, particularly attorneys, play a role in facilitating freedom of religion or belief. Also, why Sabbath is so important for law students and attorneys.

Brent McBurney serves as President and CEO of Advocates International (“AI”). Prior to joining AI, he served the Body of Christ through the Christian Legal Society (“CLS”) where he was Director of Legal Aid Ministries, Director of Attorney Ministries and Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Lawyer magazine. Brent served for a number of years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.

Brent grew up in Marble, Colorado, received his BA in Russian Language and Political Science from Baylor University and his JD from George Mason University School of Law. Brent is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and a number of other federal courts. Brent and his wife Elizabeth reside in Northern Virginia with their son, Ian, and daughter, Sarah Louise.

Matthew Hawkins (@mthawk) serves as Coalitions Director for the ERLC, working with other groups in Washington, D.C., to achieve common objectives. He is presently studying ethics and public affairs at George Mason University.

Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker is the managing editor of Canon and Culture. He also serves as the Director of Policy Studies for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination’s entity tasked with addressing moral, social, and ethical issues. In his role, he researches and writes about human dignity, family stability, religious liberty, and the moral principles that support civil society. He is a PhD student in Christian Ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Andrew lives in Franklin, TN with his wife and daughter and is a member of Redemption City Church. You can find him on twitter at @andrewtwalk.