Benjamin Nolot (Banquet Speaker)
Founder and President of Exodus Cry
Benjamin Nolot is the Founder and President of Exodus Cry and the Producer, Writer, and Director of the Nefarious documentary trilogy. Exodus Cry is an international anti-trafficking organization committed to abolishing modern-day slavery and assisting the victims of human trafficking through rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration into society. Benjamin devotes his time to abolition work for the ending of slavery and the exploitation of the vulnerable. His greatest passion in life is to love God and see His creation set free from the tyranny of oppression.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Scott Alleman is the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and is highly experienced in prosecuting cases dealing with human trafficking.
Professor, George Washington Law
Naomi Cahn is the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. She has written numerous law review articles and books on family law, feminist jurisprudence, and reproductive technology. Professor Cahn is a Senior Fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and a member of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project. From 2002 to 2004, Professor Cahn was on leave in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining the faculty at GW Law in 1993, Professor Cahn practiced with Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC and with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. At GW Law, she teaches courses on family law, trusts and estates, elder law, and child, family, and state.
Professor, William & Mary Law
Jim Dwyer is a professor of family law at William & Mary School of Law. Professor Dwyer earned his law degree from Yale and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford. He has passionately and provocatively argued for a more child-centric legal regime, urging myriad and aggressive changes to the current parent-centric thinking about child rearing. Before joining William & Mary, Dwyer worked as a Law Guardian representing children in New York State Family Court.
Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution
Matthew J. Franck is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University in Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy, and chaired the Department of Political Science. He received his BA from Virginia Wesleyan College, and his MA and PhD from Northern Illinois University. He is also Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Princeton University. As Director of the Simon Center, Franck has supervised the work of the Task Force on International Religious Freedom. He also supervises two summer seminars at the Whitherspoon Institute and maintains the Institute’s collegial relations with other organizations.
Director, Center for Human Dignity
Arina O. Grossu is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity of the Family Research Council where she focuses on sanctity of human life issues, ranging from conception to natural death. Her areas of expertise include abortion, women's health, conscience rights, bioethics, pornography, sex trafficking, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Ms. Grossu is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Art History. She received her M.A. in Theology from the Dominican House of Studies. Ms. Grossu also received a license in AMI Montessori through the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She is currently pursuing a certification in Health Care Ethics through the National Catholic Bioethics Center. She is a current board of director of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, a current Leonine Fellow of the Catholic Information Center, and past president of Notre Dame Right to Life. Ms. Grossu is an alumna of the Vita Institute at the University of Notre Dame, which educates current and emerging, national and international pro-life leaders.
Lynne Marie Kohm
Professor, Regent Law
Lynne Marie Kohm is the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law. She earned her law degree from Syracuse College of Law and is a graduate of Albany University. Professor Kohm has published prolifically on legal areas of concern to families, including marriage, women, children, families, trusts, and support obligations at death. She teaches Family Law, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Elder Law, Bioethics, and Gender and the Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Kohm practiced law in New York concentrating in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, real estate and family law. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia, New York, Florida, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. She is also a Certified Guardian ad Litem. Lynne Marie Kohm has a missionary heart, having served with the full-time staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for six years prior to and during law school. She and her husband Joe have home schooled their two children.
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs for Exodus Cry
Laila Mickelwait received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & International Relations from the University of California Riverside and a Master of Public Diplomacy degree from the Annenberg School of Communications and the Dornsife School of International Relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State. She has spent time working with Habitat for Humanity, the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Federation of United Nations Associations Millennium Project in Washington D.C., and the National Journalism center in Washington D.C. Laila serves as Exodus Cry’s Manager of Policy and Public Affairs, and has been engaging members of parliament and legislators around the world on legal reform issues that deal with the injustice of prostitution and sex trafficking.
Senior Counsel/Senior Vice-President of Strategic Training
Alliance Defending Freedom
Jeffery J. Ventrella serves as senior counsel and senior vice-president of strategic training for Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2000, he has headed the Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a unique legal internship program that has graduated nearly 1,100 outstanding law students. Ventrella also leads the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, which has trained thousands of allied attorneys across the nation in litigating constitutional law cases. He regularly engages the culture through formal debates and serves as an approved speaker for The Federalist Society. Ventrella earned his J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and has practiced law since 1985.