Jonathan Scruggs serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he plays a key role with the Center for Conscience Initiatives. His primary focus is ensuring that creative professionals can freely live out their faith in business and professional life without being subjected to government coercion, discrimination, or punishment.
Since joining ADF in 2006, Scruggs has worked on and prevailed in a variety of cases that protect the right of people to freely express their faith in their school, in their business, and in the public square. In Zamecnik v. Indian Prairie School District No. 20, he secured a key precedent establishing that administrators cannot silence a pro-family message in high schools simply because other people object. In McGlone v. Bell, Scruggs succeeded in overturning a policy requiring advance notice and disclosure of personal information for speakers on a university campus. Additionally, in Sonnier v. Crain, he successfully argued that it is unconstitutional for universities to charge a security fee to an outside speaker simply because his or her message is considered controversial.
Scruggs earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 2006. Before graduating from law school, he completed the Alliance Defending Freedom leadership development program to become a Blackstone Fellow.
A member of the bars of Arizona and Tennessee, he is also admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts.