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ADF attorneys to debate, discuss Supreme Court case involving Christian student group

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez suit is subject of law school debate in DC, university panel discussion in Calif. Thursday
Published On: 10/18/2017

UPDATE: ADF received word that the Georgetown University debate has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the fall.


WHO: ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence
WHAT: Debate at Georgetown University Law Center
WHEN: Thursday, April 15, at 4 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

WHO: ADF Litigation Staff Counsel David J. Hacker
WHAT: Panel discussion with California State University Chico faculty members David Waddell, Deborah McCabe, and Michael Coyle
WHEN: Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. PDT
WHERE: California State University Chico, 400 W. 1st St., O’Connell Technology Center, Room 254, Chico, Calif.

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will participate in a law school debate in the District of Columbia and a panel discussion in California Thursday on the subject of free speech and the U.S. Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Attorneys with ADF and the CLS Center for Law & Religious Freedom, who are litigating the landmark case, represent a student chapter of CLS, which Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco refused to recognize because the group requires its officers and voting members to subscribe to its basic Christian beliefs.

“Christian student groups shouldn’t be forced to deny their faith in order to be treated the same as other student groups,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence, a participant at the Georgetown debate, sponsored by the campus chapter of The Federalist Society. “Just as all student groups have the right to associate with people who share common beliefs and interests, Christian student groups have the right to be Christian student groups. A university policy never trumps rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.”

Nearly 100 parties have filed briefs in support of the CLS chapter, including 14 state attorneys general and a wide array of groups ascribing to diverse beliefs and practices.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. |