Timothy D. Chandler

Timothy D. Chandler serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of Alliance Advancement with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Chandler oversees the efforts to recruit and support the organization’s alliance network—including thousands of attorneys, pastors, ambassadors, undergraduate and graduate students, and other cultural leaders—and to facilitate their involvement in the advocacy efforts of ADF. Chandler has also supervised many of the legal training efforts of ADF, including its flagship training program, the ADF Academy, and has designed and implemented new programs, such as the Religious Freedom Summit, Young Lawyers Academy, and State Legislative Summit.

Chandler joined Alliance Defending Freedom in 2004. Before assuming his current role, from 2010-2014, Chandler was vice president of the Student Training and Development Team.  In this position, Chandler was one of the main architects of the ADF Areté Academy, as well as the recruiting and professional development efforts for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. Prior to this, Chandler led the ADF regional office in California for five years. In that role, Chandler litigated cases in a variety of areas at the trial and appellate levels, advocating for the constitutional rights of churches, ministries, and students. In Christianson v. Leavitt, Chandler successfully defended against an Establishment Clause challenge to President George W. Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives program. He helped overturn a California appellate decision that banned parents from homeschooling their children without a teaching license in In re Rachel L. He also served on the trial team in Hollingsworth v. Perry in defense of the federal challenge to California’s marriage amendment, most commonly known as Proposition 8. He is admitted to the bar in California and various federal appellate and district courts around the country.

Chandler has presented at law schools, conferences, and continuing legal education programs on an array of issues, including litigation strategies and tactics under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, protecting First Amendment rights, the constitutionality of state marriage amendments, and professional legal ethics. He has also testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the benefits of allowing prison inmates access to religious services, counsel, and faith-based programs.

Chandler earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2004 where he was elected president of the Moot Court Honors Executive Board. He was commissioned as a Blackstone Fellow in 2002 and served as a Blackstone Mentor in 2003. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Biola University in 2001, where he also graduated from the Torrey Honors Institute.  He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Jennifer, and their five children.

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