Event: The Case of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling by Geroge W. Hicks, Jr.
Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Location: Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 (map)
In 2014, Marine Corps Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted at a military court-martial for failing to obey an order to remove a Bible verse displayed in her personal workspace at her military installation. Sterling’s conviction was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which addressed for the first time the nature and scope of RFRA’s applicability within the military. Should the Supreme Court grant certiorari, Sterling will be the first military religious freedom case it has considered in over three decades.
George W. Hicks, Jr., is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland and Ellis, LLP. Along with First Liberty Institute, he serves as Sterling’s co-counsel. Hick’s practice focuses primarily on Supreme Court and appellate matters before federal and state courts of appeals, involving a wide range of subjects including administrative law, bankruptcy, CERCLA, commercial law, due process, elections law, employment law, equal protection, ERISA, federal criminal law, the First Amendment, intellectual property, jurisdiction preemption, presidential power, and securities law.
Before joining Kirkland, Hicks was a partner at Bancroft PLLC. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Hicks attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School.