Media Advisory: Little Sister to deliver landmark statement following Supreme Court hearing

For Immediate Release:  March 22, 2016
Media Contact:  Melinda Skea,, 202-349-7224

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The case of the Little Sisters of the Poor will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow March 23 at 10:00 a.m. The Little Sisters are a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor. The Little Sisters have asked the Supreme Court for protection from a government mandate that already exempts 1 in 3 Americans, large corporations like Chevron, Exxon, and Pepsi, and the U.S. military. The High Court must decide whether the government can force the Little Sisters of the Poor to comply with this mandate and provide services that violate their faith even though these services can easily be obtained through the government’s own exchanges.

In addition to the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Becket clients Houston Baptist and East Texas Baptist Universities as well as five other religious non-profit groups in Zubik v. Burwell. Becket represents the Little Sisters, as well as the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, Christian Brothers Services, Reaching Souls International, Truett-McConnell College, and GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Little Sisters of the Poor oral argument
before the U.S. Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor
Paul Clement, Bancroft PLLC

Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST

U.S. Supreme Court
1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Becket attorneys will deliver statements in a press conference outside the Supreme Court immediately following oral argument. For more information about the case, visit

For more information or to arrange an interview with a BecketFund attorney, please contact Melinda Skea atmedia@becketfund.orgor 202-349-7224. Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Additional Information:

  • Video: Meet the Little Sisters of the Poor (one-minute vignettes on the lives of the Little Sisters)
  • New Resource: The Little Sisters of the Poor Website
  • Photos and Video for media use (Credit: Becket Fund)
  • Media Kitfor the Little Sisters of the Poor (all legal docs, press releases, background, images)


The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions and has a 100% win-rate before the United States Supreme Court. For over 20 years, it has successfully defended clients of all faiths, including Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians (learn more).