Our Founder

Founder Seamus

The Becket Fund is the brainchild of founder Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson. Since 1994, Hasson and the Becket Fund have successfully represented clients ranging literally from Anglicans to Zoroastrians, winning kudos from thinkers such as Pope John Paul II and Elie Wiesel along the way.

Hasson enjoys broad credibility in the national media, having been quoted in Newsweek, US News and World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, as well as in regional media from The L.A. Times to The Chicago Tribune to The Philadelphia Enquirer. He has appeared on broadcast news programs including The Today Show, Dateline NBC, McLaughlin One on One, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and CNN Talkback Live. He’s also appeared twice on Al-Jazeera, debating Saudi clerics.

Hasson is the author of The Right to be Wrong: Ending the Culture War over Religion in America. He is currently working on his next book, The Philosopher’s God, which will hit the press later this year. Among other publications, Hasson also authored “Religious Liberty and Human Dignity: A Tale of Two Declarations” for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and “The Myth: Is There Religious Liberty in America?” for The American Spectator. In 2016 he authored Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God.

Hasson lectures and debates frequently, in venues ranging from Oxford to the Vatican. He has also addressed graduate and law students at BYU, Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, Northwestern, NYU, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.

Before founding the Becket Fund in 1994, Hasson was an attorney at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he focused on religious liberty litigation. From 1986 to 1987, he served in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, advising the White House and cabinet departments on church-state relations and other constitutional issues under then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Samuel Alito. After graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, he joined Kirkland & Ellis as an Associate.

Hasson also earned two Bachelors degrees in Theology and Economics and a Masters degree in Theology from Notre Dame.

Hasson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bible Literacy Project. Bar Memberships: District of Columbia; Illinois; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits.