First Amendment topicsAbout the First Amendment
Biography


Oliver Thomas

Oliver Thomas is executive director of the Niswonger Foundation in eastern Tennessee. A lawyer and a minister, he is an expert on religious liberties and a consultant for the First Amendment Center.

Thomas has been involved in First Amendment litigation in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and has also assisted in drafting legislation at the state and federal levels. He has appeared numerous times before the Judiciary Committees of the U.S. Congress as an expert witness.

Thomas’s former clients include the National Council of Churches and the Southern Baptist Convention.

He has co-authored several books, including The Right to Religious Liberty (an ACLU handbook) and the First Amendment Center's Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education.

Before returning to practice law in his native Tennessee, Thomas taught church-state law at Georgetown University Law Center. Thomas also serves on his local board of education.

(E-mail: othomas@tusculum.edu. Phone: 423/798-7836.)




print this   Print
 SEARCH  MORE
About this site
About the First Amendment
About the First Amendment Center
Video/RSS/podcasts
First Amendment programs
State of the First Amendment
reports

First Reports
Supreme Court
Experts
Columnists
First Amendment publications
First Amendment Center history
Glossary
Freedom Sings™
Events
First Amendment
Schools

Congressional Research Service reports
Guest editorials
FOI material
The First Amendment
Library

Lesson plans
freedomforum.org
Newseum
Contact us
Privacy statement
Related links