Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a non-profit legal organization that advocates for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage and family, and freedom of speech and conscience. Founded in 1994 as Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE), ADF changed its name to Alliance Defending Freedom when it broadened its mission. ADF has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D.C., as well as allied attorneys and cooperating lawyers across the country.
Since its inception, the organization has taken on over fifty cases to defend religious freedom, parental rights and other civil liberties. ADF has argued before the Supreme Court nine times, winning seven of those cases.
In addition to its legal ministry, ADF is involved in public policy and issues advocacy in First Amendment jurisprudence, sexual exploitation, abortion, and the sanctity of life, marriage, and family. ADF released its first magazine, “Champion,” in the summer of 2005.
The current senior leadership of ADF is:
In 2009 Scott Todd joined Alliance Defending Freedom as Senior Counsel. Todd was formerly the legal director at the Family Research Council.
Some cases brought by Alliance Defending Freedom:
2016 – A federal court in Oregon ruled against ADF and ruled in favour of a transgender woman who sued the school for denying her access to the girls’ restroom.
A unanimous panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this decision. The case is now called “Flores v. Clark County School District” and is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears petitions for certiorari around this time every year, so it remains unclear whether ADF has prevailed or if its victory will stick. SCOTUS has also heard many cases about transgender students and access to bathrooms.
2013 – A unanimous panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a Pennsylvania school district that prevented a high school student from wearing a t-shirt with an image of the Ten Commandments.
The Supreme Court declined to hear the case, thus effectively ending Alliance Defending Freedom’s challenge to this act of establishment religion.
2012 – A federal court in New Mexico ordered ADF to pay attorney fees and damages for a case it filed against New Mexico State University (N.M. State). Click here if you want to learn more.
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