Rachana Chhin is the Legislative Counsel for the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. He assists the Executive Director in the legislative activities, communications, convening and collaboration, and advocacy functions of the TCCB. Prior to joining the TCCB, Rachana completed his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law at the Notre Dame Law School in 2017. He attained his J.D. and M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in2015 and his B.A. in International Studies and minor in Great Texts of the Western Tradition from Baylor University in 2011. His master’s essay was entitled “The Indochinese Church and Cambodia: The Cathedral in the Rice Paddy.”
While at St. Thomas, he served clients at UST’s Immigration Clinic, was publications director for the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and interned for the Minnesota Catholic Conference. Additionally, Mr. Chhin is a Blackstone Fellow with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an Emeritus Murphy Scholar with the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and an alumnus of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture’s Vita Institute. After graduation, Mr. Chhin served as the Murphy Legal Fellow to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, where he was a delegate to the UN General Assembly’s Sixth (Legal) Committee. He is a licensed attorney admitted to the State Bars of TX and MN.