Alliance Defending Freedom Leadership Team
President, CEO, and General Counsel
Alan Sears has served as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom since its founding in 1993. He leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts of this alliance-building legal ministry that brings together thousands of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family in America and around the world.
Alan Sears serves as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. He leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts that have resulted in various roles in 38 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and wins in eight of every 10 cases litigated to conclusion. Under his leadership, Alliance Defending Freedom has funded nearly 2,400 grants and legal projects for Allied Attorneys and organizations, and has equipped more than 1,600 Christian attorneys and 1,000 law students to defend religious liberty at its world-class training programs.
Sears earned his Juris Doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the government, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section. Sears was also appointed as the director of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography and served as associate solicitor with the Department of the Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.
Practicing law for three decades, Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia (inactive), and Kentucky bar associations. He has helped fashion the language for numerous state and federal laws and has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures, and many local governments and commissions. Legislators in 20 states have adopted his legislative recommendations. Sears has assisted legislators and law enforcement officials from many countries and has spoken before committees of the British Parliament.
Sears' numerous media appearances include television interviews and features on The Today Show, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, and The Lou Dobbs Show. He has also been a radio guest on various programs, including The Laura Ingraham Show, National Public Radio, and The Dennis Prager Radio Show. Sears has been extensively covered in national print media, including the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Arizona Republic, and the National Catholic Register. He is a regular opinion contributor to Townhall.com and has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today (2003), and The ACLU vs. America (2005), both with Craig Osten. Sears has also written two novels, In Justice (2009) and its sequel Trial and Error (2011).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alliance Defending Freedom is blessed with 13 outstanding men and women who serve on the board of directors on a completely unpaid, volunteer basis.
These board members of exceptional capacity and experience have diverse backgrounds – ranging from high military command to national ministry leadership and from media and journalism to business and entrepreneurial ventures – but are united in their commitment to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.
These faithful servants are helping to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel and have made themselves available to accomplish much at this time! (Esther 4:14).
Executive Director, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles
Alfonso Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, which promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement.
Alfonso Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a Washington, DC based advocacy group, which promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement.
Mr. Aguilar is the first and former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Mr. Aguilar was responsible for developing and promoting initiatives and programs to educate immigrants about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and encourage their integration into American civic culture. He led the effort to develop the new naturalization test of the United States, which took effect on October 1, 2008. And also served as Chair of the Task Force on New Americans’ Technical Committee, an interagency federal task force created by President Bush, to enhance and coordinate government-wide immigrant integration initiatives.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003, Mr. Aguilar served in numerous high-level government positions in the Bush Administration and the government of Puerto Rico, including Deputy Director of Public Affairs at U.S. Department of Energy, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and Press Secretary to former Governor Pedro Rossello of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Aguilar has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar and is the U.S. representative of the Citizenship and Values Foundation based in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Aguilar is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the North American Center for Trans-Border Studies at Arizona State University and of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Mr. Aguilar hosts a weekly conservative radio talk show in Spanish, which airs nationally through Univision radio. He also writes a bi-monthly Op-Ed column for the daily La Opinion of Los Angeles, California, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country, and frequently appears as a guest policy analyst in major nation radio and TV shows, including the Michael Medved, Lou Dobbs and Laura Ingraham shows, The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC Hardball, CNN’s Larry King Live, Telemundo’s Enfoque, Univision’s Despierta America and CNN en Espanol’s Choque de Opiniones.
Partner, Litigation Department, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Roger Brooks is a partner in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a 200 year-old law firm with principal offices in New York City. His practice covers a wide range of courtroom litigation for technologically intensive companies.
Roger Brooks is a partner in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a 200 year-old law firm with principal offices in New York City. His practice covers a wide range of courtroom litigation for technologically intensive companies, including disputes concerning trade secrets, standards-driven technology licensing, patents, and software copyright, as well as antitrust, securities fraud, and general corporate litigation.
Mr. Brooks represented three crisis pregnancy centers in opposing a wave of subpoenas launched against such centers across New York by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in 2002, filing motions to quash on First Amendment grounds. The subpoenas were withdrawn and all proceedings dropped. Mr. Brooks has served on the board of directors of the Christian Legal Society since 2007 and for much of that time has served as a member of the committee setting legal policy for the litigating arm of CLS, the Center for Law and Religious Freedom. He was a founding member of the board of New York Christian Legal Services, a ministry organized to provide legal services to the very poor through volunteer lawyers in an explicitly Christian context in conjunction with the Bowery Mission of New York City.
Mr. Brooks is a member of the board of trustees of his children’s school, the Hackley School of Tarrytown, N.Y., and a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City.
Mr. Brooks is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1984, an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia in 1987 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1987, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. After a clerkship with the Hon. John D. Butzner, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Mr. Brooks joined Cravath in 1988. In 1992, he left Cravath to attend seminary and received an M. Div. from Regent College Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1995. He returned to Cravath in 1995 and became a partner in 1999.
Mr. Brooks lives in Irvington, New York with his wife Ann and five children, and is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Rye, New York.