Hannah Smith

Senior Counsel

Hannah Smith


J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, Honors
B.A., Princeton University, Honors

U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito
U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas


Senior Counsel Hannah Smith joined The Becket Fund in 2007 following two clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. In her advocacy of religious liberty cases at the trial, appellate, and U.S. Supreme Court levels, Hannah has been featured on Fox News, "The O'Reilly Factor," "The Sean Hannity Show," C-Span, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, the Associated Press, National Review Online, the Laura Ingraham Show, the Rush Limbaugh Show, National Public Radio, and many other publications and radio shows.

Hannah received her B.A. from Princeton University, concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She graduated from Brigham Young University Law School with honors and served as Executive Editor of the BYU Law Review. During law school, she also served as a research assistant for the BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies and as president of the BYU Federalist Society. Following law school and in between clerkships, she was an associate in private practice at national law firms in Washington D.C., representing clients before state and federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court in civil, criminal, and constitutional cases.

Hannah served as a full-time volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and Switzerland. She currently serves as a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society International Board and as a member of the Deseret News Editorial Advisory Board in Salt Lake City, Utah. She writes a regular column on religious liberty issues in the Deseret News.

Foreign Language: French.

Bar Memberships: District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and New Jersey.

Key Works

Suing Sebelius, written interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, January 21, 2012

The Compromise, National Review Online, February 10, 2012

Contraception mandate doesn’t protect religious liberty, U.S. News & World Report, February 9, 2012

The Becket Fund fights for religious liberty: an interview with Hannah Smith, Heritage Insider Online, Spring 2012

Protecting rights of conscience, Deseret News, February 5, 2012

Supreme Court sends clear message on religion, Deseret News, January 17, 2012

Conviction of assassin in Pakistan is a victory for freedom of religion, December 4, 2011

Breathing a sigh of relief for sacred religious practices, Deseret News, October 30, 2011

High court set to hear religious liberty case, Deseret News, September 29, 2011

Ambiguity causes concern for freedoms on military chaplains after repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, Deseret News, September 18, 2011

New birth control requirements are a loss for conscience, Deseret News, August 9, 2011


In the News

Major TV Appearances

Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, March 13, 2012

Fox News, America’s News HQ, February 12, 2012

Fox News, Hannity, February 10, 2012

Fox News, America’s Newsroom, February 2, 2012

C-SPAN, at the Ethic and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., “Unprecedented Threats to American Religious Freedom”, May 24, 2012


Major Radio Interviews 

The Rush Limbaugh Show, May 22, 2012

The Dennis Miller Show, February 15, 2012

The Lou Dobbs Show, February 15, 2012

The Laura Ingraham Show, January 23, 2012

National Public Radio, January 8, 2012


Major Newspaper Interviews

Activists gather to plot defense of ‘religious liberty’, Washington Post, May 24, 2011

Birth control rule won’t apply to all student plans at colleges, White House says, Washington Post, March 16, 2012

New front in birth control rule battle: the courts, Washington Post, March 7, 2012

Different states’ contraceptive rules leave employers room to maneuver, Washington Post, February 19, 2012

Furor on dictate over contraception coverage intensifying, Washington Times, February 13, 2012

Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2012

Contraception mandate outrages conservative religious groups, Associated Press, February 2, 2012

Religious groups committed to contraception suits, Reuters, February 10, 2012

Obama’s baffling Catholic decision: birth control trumps religious freedom, The Daily Beast, February 7, 2012

Obama obfuscates on church regulation, The Daily Caller, March 19, 2012

The cult of anti-Mormonism, Wall Street Journal, October 11, 2011

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