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Allied Attorney Network Frequently Asked Questions

  • You will become part of a growing network of attorneys determined to impact and influence our legal system to more effectively protect the rights of people to freely live out their faith. Through the Attorney Network, you’ll also connect with leading experts who are eager to empower—and stand with—you as you engage the culture. 

    As a member of the ADF Allied Attorney Network, the following exclusive benefits are yours:

    • Access to the Allied Attorney Community Site;
    • Online discussion groups in which like-minded attorneys answer questions, give and receive referrals, provide encouragement, and offer practical ways to incorporate personal faith into your legal career;
    • Various training opportunities; such as free, informative Webinars (some qualifying for CLE credit), that will equip you to more effectively defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and family values;
    • A grant program that enables you to advocate for clients who can’t afford to defend their liberties;
    • Pro bono opportunities and referrals;
    • Subscription to the Allied Attorney quarterly newsletter;
    • Access to the Allied Attorney Network Directory;
    • Confidential, timely updates;
    • Invitations to various events; and
    • Eligibility for recognition awards.*

    * An Allied Attorney who provides and reports 450 hours or more of qualifying pro bono service becomes a member of the Honor Corps, and is eligible for award recognition.

  • Absolutely. Making positive, lasting changes in the legal culture requires attorneys with diverse backgrounds, skills, and interests. Whether you are a litigator or a transactional attorney, work in a large or small law firm, practice as corporate counsel, teach in a law school, or work for the government, there are ways for you to utilize your unique combination of talents, experience, and passion. If you are unsure how you could best contribute, given your unique life circumstances or how your skill set, could best be used, contact us at for additional information or to schedule a phone conference with a member of the Allied Attorney support team.

  • Allied Attorneys come from a wide variety of Christian traditions. We simply ask that all allies agree to the following statement of faith:

    I affirm my belief in and commitment to the historic Trinitarian Christian faith as revealed in the canon of the Old and New Testaments and commonly expressed in the Nicene-Constantinople and Apostles’ Creeds.

  • All organizations must be able to demonstrate measurable results. A significant aspect of the Alliance Defending Freedom’s mission is to mobilize Christian attorneys to impact the culture by engaging the legal system. Tracking pro bono hours provides tangible evidence of the progress being made toward this goal. It also creates opportunities for Alliance Defending Freedom to inform the public about the challenges facing people of faith, and how the Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Network is responding to those challenges.

    Additionally, the more pro bono hours reported, the greater the opportunity for Alliance Defending Freedom to demonstrate to our Ministry Friends a good return on the investment of their sacrificial gifts. Finally, continued reporting encourages other Allied Attorneys engaged in this ongoing cultural battle. 

  • In addition to participating in litigation or an amicus effort on a case within the scope of the Alliance Defending Freedom mission, many other activities qualify for pro bono commitment credit, including:

    1. Performing research on specified topics;
    2. Performing specified services, such as collecting information, for one or more Alliance Defending Freedom strategic projects;
    3. Joining and being active in bar association activities that impact the mission areas of Alliance Defending Freedom;
    4. Publicly speaking about Alliance Defending Freedom or about one or more of the ministry’s mission areas;
    5. Serving on boards or otherwise being involved in organizations that are dedicated to Alliance Defending Freedom mission areas; 
    6. Writing and publishing articles related to Alliance Defending Freedom mission areas; 
    7. Providing legal services to churches, Christian organizations, fellow believers, or the needy; and
    8. Recruiting other like-minded attorneys to apply to become Allied Attorneys.

    For additional information refer to the “Pro Bono Hours” memo or contact us at to discuss whether an activity will count toward your pro bono service commitment.

  • Pro bono work need not involve litigation or even the representation of a client. It may involve legal research, educational presentations, or other types of work related to Alliance Defending Freedom mission areas.

  • The easiest way to report is via our secure Allied Attorney website.

    The specific format of the report is not critical. It is not necessary to provide detailed billing records, but we do need general information on the type of work performed. Be assured that Alliance Defending Freedom will not reveal the details of your specific service without your permission, so client identities and attorney-client matters that we become aware of through this reporting will remain confidential.

    To assist in identifying the specific information needed and to help you provide information in a simplified manner, Alliance Defending Freedom has also developed a reporting form that will be provided upon request.

  • While Alliance Defending Freedom may contact our allies with opportunities in which to become involved, the most successful allies are those who find their own creative ways to invest their legal skills in the service of others. Indeed, we depend upon our network of attorneys and others to bring appropriate matters to our attention.

    That said, one of the primary goals of the Alliance Defending Freedom team is to help you succeed, both in finding pro bono opportunities, and also in winning your legal battles. While the team cannot promise to find cases for you, the Alliance Defending Freedom Allied Attorney Community website offers a number of interesting projects for your consideration as you look for pro bono opportunities. The Allied Attorney Community Discussion Forums are also used to locate volunteers for specific projects or cases. The Alliance Defending Freedom team is always willing to consult on potential cases in our core areas and to provide resources for litigating them.

  • Yes. Alliance Defending Freedom has allied with a number of attorneys contributing their services in efforts to dramatically increase Christian legal aid to the poor. However, qualifying legal aid efforts should be directed in a manner that helps advance religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and family values. Not every alternative program established to aid the poor supports or promotes biblical principles, but please feel free to let us know about these as well.

  • The fastest way to share your idea is through the Discussion Forums on the Allied Attorney Community Site. These forums are monitored by Allied Attorneys as well as Alliance Defending Freedom staff. Allied Attorneys are automatically invited to join the Community Site.

    If you are an Allied Attorney, but not already a member of the Community Site, please contact the Allied Attorney support team at

  • Yes. Education relating to areas of the Alliance Defending Freedom mission is critical to awakening Christians to the dangers that threaten religious liberty in America and around the world. Many good opportunities for both litigious and non-litigious resolutions of religious discrimination have resulted from the alert actions of educated laypersons.

    Please contact us at to find out about materials and resources we can provide to help your audience know and protect their personal rights, as well as those of their families and churches.

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