2016 James Wilson Fellow Catherine Glenn Foster Named President & CEO of Americans United For Life

by James Wilson Institute on May 15, 2017

In the past, we have called your attention to noteworthy advancements in the careers of some of the alumni of our James Wilson Fellowship program. We are deeply pleased to share the news—and a certain excitement—that 2016 Fellow Catherine Glenn Foster has been named President & CEO of Americans United for Life. 

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In her new post, Catherine leads what is described as “the legal arm of the pro-life movement.” AUL was the first national pro-life organization in America, founded in 1971 before the Supreme Court reached a decision in Roe v. Wade. AUL advances a pro-life agenda through legislatures and courts at both the federal and state level.

Before joining us as a Fellow last summer, Catherine founded her own private law practice to defend the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. She served as a Fellow with the Charlotte Lozier Institute of the Susan B. Anthony List and spent seven years at the Alliance Defending Freedom, most recently as litigation counsel. She earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She also holds a M.A. in French from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in History and French from Berry College. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Federalist, The Washington Examiner, Townhall.com, American Thinker and many more.

JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes notes, “It’s not merely that Catherine is a remarkable woman, but that she is something just short of a ‘force of nature.’ She is the most attentive of mothers, and yet in the crevices of time available to her she has given her energies and her considerable wit to the defense of unborn children in the wars of litigation. And through it all she radiates this sense of love and warmth—and conviction. She is a fine successor in a line of fine presidents of AUL, and she brings, with a new presidency, a new surge of energy and imagination.”

We view the accomplishments of our alumni as worthy of broader recognition and an affirmation of the JWI Mission. We wish Catherine well in this new position, for her and for the pro-life movement.