By Bob Unruh
When the Alliance Defending Freedom was founded two decades ago, Christians were losing in the courts: Prayer was being removed from schools and other public places, Bibles were being taken out of motels, expressions of Christian faith were being punished in the military and crosses were vanishing from public lands.
Since then, the organization — which now has 3,100 allied attorneys and more than 300 allied organizations — has played a part in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and wins four of every five cases it takes on.
Now Alan Sears, ADF’s founding CEO for 23 years, will take a new role at the organization, and Michael P. Farris, the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, will become ADF’s second president, CEO and general counsel.
The author of more than 15 books, Farris has been a litigator, educator, public advocate, pastor and communicator.
He graduated from Western Washington State College and got his law degree from Gonzaga University. At Gonzaga, he was articles editor of the Law Review and winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition.
He also earned an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of London.
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As a specialist in appellate litigation, he’s argued before supreme and appellate courts in 13 states, eight of the courts of appeal in the U.S. court circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times.
He’s testified before both the House and Senate on issues such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and has opposed United Nations intervention in American constitutional rights.
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