Training an Alliance to Defend Religious Liberty

By 1994 — the year Alliance Defending Freedom was launched — the most threatening opponent to religious freedom, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), had already built an army of over 2,400 volunteer attorneys who were fighting for their radical secular agenda in courtrooms across America. Because people of faith were often not represented in these cases, Christians were rapidly losing their God-given, constitutionally protected freedoms by default.

So in 1997, with the goal of building a strong legal alliance of Christian attorneys to combat the ACLU and its allies, this legal ministry launched the first Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy session to train Christian attorneys in constitutional law. This one-of-a-kind program features continuing legal education conducted by some of the nation's top litigators and constitutional law experts who train Allied Attorneys to defend and advocate for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

The Impact of the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy

When Kevin Clarkson attended the first Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy in 1997, he had no idea the training and knowledge he would gain that week would be used to defend marriage and the religious freedom of thousands of citizens across his state.

Immediately upon his return to Alaska following the training, Kevin was contacted by members of his state legislature to draft a constitutional amendment to defend the definition of marriage, following a court ruling in favor of same-sex "marriage." After facing a barrage of lawsuits from the opposition — who did not want the people to have a say in the matter — the amendment was successfully defended, placed on the ballot, and passed by a 2-to-1 margin!

Kevin’s training enabled him to make an immediate and lasting difference for religious liberty — a difference he otherwise may not have been able to make. And since his training 18 years ago, Kevin has reported more than 7,800 hours of pro bono service to Alliance Defending Freedom and the Body of Christ!

"The [Alliance Defending Freedom] Legal Academy equipped me at just the right moment to be used by God to defend His values. So I just wanted to say thank you for your faithfulness and support of [Alliance Defending Freedom]. You are making a real difference for America!"1997 Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy Graduate Kevin Clarkson

An Incredible Return on Investment

Thanks to the faithful support of dedicated Christians like you, the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy training is provided to the attorneys accepted into the program at no cost. In return, attorneys make a faith commitment to provide 450 hours of pro bono/dedicated legal work on behalf of the Body of Christ. In just 15 short years, Alliance Defending Freedom has trained more than 1,600 attorneys who have provided more than $141 million in dedicated, pro bono service in the legal battle to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. In fact, for every dollar invested in the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy training program, it has returned more than $10 in value to the Body of Christ and the local community. This is simply an amazing return on investment!

Your prayerful support of the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy is critical for the future of religious liberty. Without your sacrificial giving, the rights of thousands of Christians — like those in Alaska — may have gone unprotected. Your monthly donation of $35 or more will not only help train even more dedicated Christian attorneys like Kevin Clarkson, but also help fund our direct litigation efforts to preserve the right of people to freely live out their faith in America and around the world.

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Please Pray

Please pray for this year’s Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy training session to be held July 5-9, 2015.

Attorneys must submit an application to attend an Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy.