Rachel N. Busick, J.D. serves as Staff Counsel at Americans United for Life, having joined in January 2018. Her work focuses on litigation and defending pro-life laws in the courts, where she works with state legal offices, pro-life healthcare groups, and other allies. She tracks litigation affecting life across the country and files briefs in federal and state courts.
Prior to joining AUL, Rachel was a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. There, as a member of the litigation team, Rachel researched and drafted briefs, including briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and a successful appeal to the First Circuit. She also provided key support for a senior Becket attorney’s testimony at Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings. Before Becket, Rachel clerked for the Honorable Victor J. Wolski on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and during law school, she externed for the Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Rachel’s analysis has been published in the Seton Hall Law Review and the Pepperdine Law Review.
Rachel is admitted to the Washington State Bar and the D.C. Bar, as well as the bars of several federal circuit and trial courts. Rachel earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as a Literary Citation Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. She received her B.A. in Mathematics and Speech Communication, summa cum laude, from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA). She is a Blackstone Legal Fellow, James Wilson Fellow, and John Marshall Fellow.