About Us

Who We Are

Our essential rights and responsibilities as self-governing citizens are expressed in the First Amendment.  We are launching a comprehensive initiative that reaffirms and promotes our First Amendment rights and responsibilities.

We can accomplish this through education, advocacy, network development, and by promoting grassroots solutions.  It is vital to build a foundation with an understanding of the meaning and application of the 1st Amendment; to address issues and policies affecting these rights through advocacy; to build a broad pluralistic constituency of citizens as this is vital to all, regardless of religion, race, culture, or socio-economic background; and to demonstrate through grassroots solutions the power of self-governing ethical citizens engaged in solving problems facing our communities.

Our Mission:
First Amendment Voice serves to invigorate citizens to understand and exercise First Amendment rights through a collaborative campaign of education and advocacy.

Universal Principles and Values:

+ Commitment to something greater than oneself.
+ Respect and caring for others.
+ Service above self.

 

Board of Directors

STEVEN M. MISKA is the Executive Director of First Amendment Voice, a nonpartisan effort to reinvigorate civic awareness around free expression, religious liberty, press freedom and other first amendment issues. Steve retired as a Colonel after 25 years in the Army. His last assignment was teaching three years as the Army Chair at Marine Corps University. Previously, he served in the White House as Director for Iraq on the National Security Council.

In 2007, on his second of three combat tours, Steve led a team that established an underground railroad for dozens of interpreters from Baghdad to Amman to the United States. He earned top academic honors as a Counterterrorism Fellow at the College of International Security Affairs and has taught economics at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Steve routinely speaks on soft networks and has addressed DIA, RAND, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Young Presidents Organization of LA, and numerous media outlets and think tanks. He holds degrees from Cornell University, National Defense University, and West Point. He serves as an advisor to several nonprofits, including the Euphrates Institute, No One Left Behind, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the i5 Freedom Network. He and his wife of 27 years have two children and reside in Southern California.

ALAN J. INMAN serves as Senior Advisor of the Global Peace Foundation International headquartered in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Inman has coordinated international program panels and conference tracks regarding inter-religious challenges on the African continent, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines. He also served as President of the USA chapter of the Global Peace Foundation for a period of 5 years. Mr. Inman previously served as National Director for the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood, where he led the development of programs in 11 U.S cities.  He served as Chairman of a New York City Community Planning Board and as a consultant for the city. Mr. Inman developed a reputation for exceeding expectations in managing multiple grants on a federal, state and local level i.e., Federal Dept. of Labor, Health and Human Services, and New York City Human Resource Administration.

 Mr. Inman also served as Executive Director of Minority Alliance International, a New York based international civil rights organization. He has been a candidate for the New York State Assembly and in response to the infamous Los Angeles Rodney King incident in 1991, he was appointed to a White House Domestic Advisory Council to consider how the country could address this level of police/community challenge. He is the author of the popular book – “The Colors of Love.” He is married to the former Cindy Whitting and is the father of two children.

DR. PAUL MURRAY has been in Christian leadership for more than 25-years and is the
senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church-Maryland. He is the award-winning author of Broken:
Picking up the Pieces after the Fall and soon to be published, First to Serve.

 

Dr. Murray serves as Vice President of the Global Peace Foundation USA where he leads issues impacting religious freedom and liberties within the U.S.A. and globally, he serves on the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. He has been a guest on TBN, Daystar, CTN and selected for the feature story and cover of BOSS Magazine. A former Peace Corps Volunteer to the country of Tunisia, Murray holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Leadership from Howard University, School of Divinity, a M.Div and M.A.R. in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix.

CHELSEA LANGSTON BAMBINO serves as Director for Sacred Sector, an initiative of the Center for Public Justice. In this role, Chelsea empowers faith-based organizations and future faith-based leaders to fully embody their sacred missions in every area of their organizational lives, including their public policy engagement, organizational practices and public positioning. Chelsea also serves as Director for the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA), a division of the Center for Public Justice.  

Chelsea has also served as as Manager of Education and Development for the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) in Washington, D.C., and as the Legal Services Manager Common Ground in Michigan.

She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine’s DC campus teaching Nonprofit Management and is also the Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator for her church, Potomac Valley Assembly. Chelsea serves on the boards of Misako Ballet Company and First Amendment Voice. Chelsea holds a B.A and a J.D from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a member of the State of Michigan Bar Association. She is married to Josh and lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland.

LARRY ROSENBERG is a trial, appellate and Supreme Court litigator at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., who specializes in constitutional, regulatory, IP, antitrust and fiduciary duty litigation. He is very active in the ABA Section of Litigation, having served on its governing Council and chaired its trial and appellate practice committees and its Book Board. He directs the West Virginia University College of Law Supreme Court Clinic and is an author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Appellate Advocacy, The Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Success and Happiness and the forthcoming Winning Bench Trials.

This term, Larry argued in and won a 9-0 decision from the United States Supreme Court in Dawson v. Steager, which held that states cannot give income tax benefits to state employees without extending them to similarly situated federal employees. Larry is lead counsel for a law firm that specializes in defense industry regulatory work in a First Amendment challenge to the State Department’s requirement of advance approval for the publication of privately-generated, unclassified content that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. He is also lead counsel for Lufthansa in several discovery and patent infringement actions in which he won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit and in which the federal district court in Seattle, Washington, held Lufthansa’s opponent in contempt. He is lead counsel for Chevron in a breach of contract lawsuit against the government, in which the U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently awarded Chevron almost $19 million, including a sanction against the government for bad-faith litigation conduct. He is lead counsel for Boehringer for which he recently won a D.C. Circuit appeal regarding the appropriate scope of the Attorney-Client Privilege as it relates to the settlement of patent litigation. Larry is currently lead counsel in the Court of Federal Claims for several investors challenging the federal government’s expropriation of equity in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is lead counsel for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Federal Circuit and Supreme Court appeals challenging whether innovative laboratory methods for analyzing certain blood enzymes in a way that is predictive of cardiovascular disease are eligible for patent protection. He also has represented Bayer for almost 15 years in antitrust litigation regarding a settlement of patent litigation over the drug Cipro and several other matters. As part of his pro bono practice, Larry won a victory in the Supreme Court for a refugee from Cameroon seeking asylum, and he was court-appointed appellate counsel for Adham Hassoun, who was convicted of terrorism-related charges involving Jose Padilla.

“I believe that the most essential element of our defense  of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty.” -Ronald Reagan

“While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the conscience of others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to Him only in this case are they answerable.” -George Washington

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of our public liberty and happiness.” -Samuel Adams 

“I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.” -Thomas Jefferson