Last updated on: 2/6/2013 5:35:13 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Mark L. Rienzi, JD Biography

Title:
Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"
Reasoning:

“Religious exemptions are an essential part of our democracy. They provide breathing space for religious individuals and institutions to exist. They benefit all Americans, regardless of religion or lack thereof…

[Exemptions] protect religious liberty by providing room for religious institutions to thrive with minimal government encroachment and burden. That is why federal, state and local governments have virtually always exempted churches from taxation…

Simply put, religious exemptions preserve religious freedom, which benefits us all.”

“Good for Religion, Good for America,” NYTimes.com, May 10, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to churches and taxes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the churches and taxes issue.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America
  • Awarded Teacher of the Year by the Student Bar Association, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, 2011
  • Speaker on constitutional issues at Harvard Law School, Columbia University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, University of Notre Dame Law School, the National Press Club, and the US Capitol
  • Quoted on constitutional issues by the Washington Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Former Counsel, Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, 2003-2009
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Stephen F. Williams, Senior Circuit Judge for the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 2002-2003
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Admitted to the bar, 2001
  • Education:
  • JD, with honors, Harvard Law School, 2000
  • BA, with honors, Princeton University, 1997
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    202-955-0095 (Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)
    Email
    [email protected]
    Website
    Becket Fund profile
    Other:

    None found

    Quoted in:
    Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt? – Pro & Con Quotes