Joel Oster // President and General Counsel
Joel is a seasoned constitutional attorney and regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He represented the town of Greece, New York in the landmark constitutional case Galloway v. Greece. Joel argued the case before the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Second Circuit, and he was part of the legal team presenting the case to the United States Supreme Court.
Oster regularly litigates First Amendment issues. As lead counsel in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama, Oster skillfully defended the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer against an Establishment Clause challenge. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he successfully defended the right of an organization to have a pro-life specialty license plate in Missouri in Roach v. Stouffer. In Wigg v. Sioux Falls School District, he successfully represented an elementary school teacher in obtaining equal access to school facilities. Oster has defended various churches based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, against discriminatory zoning codes and regulations. Likewise, he has defended various individuals, corporations, and political committees against discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign finance regulations.
Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and numerous federal courts.
Steven Iwersen is the founder and owner of Aurora Pointe, LLC, an international speaking and leadership development firm. He has presented to the US Air Force, Notre Dame University, Johns Hopkins University, US Office of the General Counsel, US Navy, Toshiba, Capital One, KPMG, Honeywell, GE, Jet Propulsion Labs, Missile Defense Agency, US Army, Social Security Administration, McDonalds, Goodyear, AAA and many more.
As a Keynote speaker and leadership specialist, his expertise and message is in helping leaders, business owners and individuals focus on creating a meaningful strategy for change and a positive mindset. Clients and audience members consistently say that his presentations were not simply entertaining, but some of the most meaningful and practical sessions – because of his conversational style and ability to connect real issues to practical ideas.
He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (an earned designation that has been awarded to only 700 speakers worldwide). Steven is the author of:
- Chasing Porcupines: How To Lead Prickly People
- Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony at Work
- and the upcoming book “The Power of A Comfort Zone”