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St. Thomas More Society at UNL seeks to integrate practice of faith, practice of law

By Tess Wahlmeier

LINCOLN (SNR) – The St. Thomas More Society is a group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law that seeks to integrate the practice of the Catholic faith with the practice of law and provide a Catholic community for law students.

St. Thomas More societies are a nationwide tradition among law schools. The UNL St. Thomas More Society is open to anyone who is interested in learning about the Catholic perspective on legal issues.

St. Thomas More was an English lawyer who was martyred because of his refusal to pledge alliance to the King as the Head of the Church of England. He is remembered for his famous words, “I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.”

Emily Sisco, vice president of UNL’s St. Thomas More Society, said the club plans and participates in a wide range of activities. They have weekly rosaries at the Law School and bring in speakers to touch on different issues.

“Last year we co-hosted a domestic violence panel, and we brought in speakers, law enforcement, attorneys, and a few women who work at women’s shelters in Lincoln to talk about what we can do as lawyers to help victims of domestic violence,” Sisco said. 

This year, the group is working on bringing in a religious liberties panel for the law students. They will also participate in the Jan. 15 Red Mass and will host speaker John Bursch, an attorney and former Michigan Solicitor General, who argued the Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

“It’s been a really great group to belong to in law school because we may be small, but I feel the St. Thomas More Society on Lincoln’s campus is really active,” Sisco said. “We’ve been trying to make known the events that the diocese is doing, so it’s just been a great experience to get involved with the community and in the diocese.”

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