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Elizabeth Kirk, J.D.

Associate Scholar

Elizabeth Kirk is a scholar, writer and national speaker on matters pertaining to the family in law, policy and the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. She has a special interest in adoption law and policy. She also provides strategic guidance, such as legislative analysis, on related matters to policy leaders and legislators.

Her work has appeared in various publications including Public Discourse, First Things, National Review Online, The National Catholic Register, The Washington Examiner and Aleteia, and she is invited frequently to present papers at universities and in other venues. She has been a guest on various radio & TV programs.

From 2005-2011, Elizabeth served as associate director of the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture and from 2012-2016 served as a resident fellow in cultural and legal studies at the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University.

Elizabeth has a demonstrated commitment to promoting the dignity of human life, having served in various capacities with pro-life institutions and ministries for over twenty years. Most notably, in 2010, along with University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Director David Solomon, Elizabeth founded the Vita Institute, an intensive interdisciplinary training program for leaders in the national and international pro-life movement.

Elizabeth has also practiced law, clerked for a federal appellate court judge (the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) and taught law (at The Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan).

She holds a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from University of Notre Dame Law School and a bachelor’s degree in English literature, cum laude, from the University of Missouri.

Elizabeth is a member of the Catholic Women’s Forum at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a board member and secretary of The Sycamore Trust, and a member of The Catholic Bar Association.

She resides in Kansas with her husband and four children.

 

Latest Research & News

  • Title X Litigation Update: What’s Next for Trump’s Protect Life Rule after Huge Win in Ninth Circuit? | April 7, 2020

    This is Issue 44 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 44 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus   In February 2019 the Trump administration finalized the Protect Life Rule, a new regulation governing Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Title X is the federal […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • 8 Reasons for Hope: Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Pregnancy | March 25, 2020

    Last Updated: April 6, 2020   Are you or is someone you know pregnant and worried about the coronavirus?   There is a lot we do not yet know about the coronavirus and pregnancy.  While current published studies and reports help to advise pregnant women and their families about risks associated with COVID-19 (the disease […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus |

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]

  • Impact of the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review on Abortion Legislation Under the Kansas Supreme Court’s Decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt | March 19, 2020

    This is Issue 42 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Impact of the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review on Abortion Legislation Under the Kansas Supreme Court’s Decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt   This paper is focused on a narrow matter, namely, the nature of the […]