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.)