With almost 10 years of executive level non-profit leadership, Jeanneane Maxon is an attorney and nationally recognized speaker and human rights advocate. She serves as an Associate Scholar for the Charlotte Lozier Institute. She authors a standing column in Christian Counseling Today, a magazine published by the American Association of Christian Counselors. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with brain cancer, inspiring the #TeamJeanneane social media campaign. From 2012 through 2015, she served as Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL), the legal architects of the pro-life movement and the first national pro-life organization in the United States. In this role, she oversaw the communications, development, operations, and coalition departments of AUL. From 2008 through 2011, Jeanneane served as the General Counsel of Care Net, a non-profit pregnancy help affiliation network with over 1200 pregnancy center members. In this role, she oversaw the legal education and advocacy program for the largest network of pregnancy centers in the nation, successfully leading pregnancy center through numerous advocacy battles. An avid spokesperson on Life issues, Jeanneane frequently appears in media, including a Christian Broadcast Network feature story on pro-life pregnancy center advocacy airing on “The 700 Club,” ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, The Mike Huckabee Show, and the New York Times among others.
She has also been widely published in print media including the Daily Caller, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, Real Clear Religion, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. She has been actively involved in pro-life legislative battles, and has been called to testify before dozens of state legislative bodies. Jeanneane is in high demand as a keynote speaker for pro-life public awareness events.
Also serving as an educator on legal issues, Jeanneane has lectured in law schools and at numerous national conferences hosted by a range of non-profit organizations, including Care Net, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and Heartbeat International, as well as dozens of webinars and regional workshops. Jeanneane co-authored a 600+ page manual entitled Legal Solutions: A Legal Resource for Life-Affirming Pregnancy Help Organizations, which remains the most widely used resource in the Pregnancy Care Center movement. Jeanneane also served as faculty for two curriculums for the American Association of Christian Counselors, Introduction to Crisis Pregnancy Care and Caring for People God's Way.
Additionally, from 2012 through 2015, Jeanneane has served as an Associate editor of Defending Life, an annual publication surveying pro-life progress and climate in the United States. For forty publications, Jeanneane also served as the primary author and Editor in-Chief of Legal Care, a monthly legal newsletter for pro-life pregnancy support organizations. In college she authored an award winning college thesis entitled Richard Nixon’s Rapprochement with China, 1969-1972: An Important Yet Overly Praised Step in American Foreign Policy.
Jeanneane actively serves in pro-life and professional leadership. She is an Advisory Board member for Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services of Puget Sound. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Restoration Project, a board member for the Abortion Free Communities Project, a member of the State Bar Association of New Hampshire, and is an allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. In 2014, she served on the revision committee for the AACC Christian Counseling Code of Ethics. From 2008 through 2011, Jeanneane was a Board member and Board Secretary for Americans United for Life.
Prior to joining the nonprofit arena, Jeanneane interned for Justice Robert Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and for Justice Duane Benton then of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She practiced as a commercial litigation attorney at Devine, Millimet and Branch in Manchester, New Hampshire.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from Westminster College, graduating summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and a law degree from Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude. At Westminster College she was named a Winston Churchill Scholar, and a Dean's Scholar at Boston University School of Law. In 2016, Jeanneane was awarded "Young Alumni of the Year" from Westminster College.
She is an avid book collector and loves to travel. She currently resides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
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