Jim Campbell serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is director of the Center for Cultural Engagement and Scholarship.
Since joining ADF in 2007, Campbell has defended freedom of conscience, religious freedom, and laws defining marriage as the union of husband and wife. In Hands On Originals v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, he argued for the freedom of a Kentucky promotional printer to decline to create shirts expressing messages that conflict with his faith. Similarly, in Elane Photography v. Willock, he defended a New Mexico wedding photographer’s right not to create images telling the story of a same-sex ceremony. Campbell was also part of the legal teams that defended state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman in Virginia, California, and Oklahoma; his work in these cases included arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Smith v. Bishop.
In Neely v. Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, Campbell defended a judge facing removal from office simply because she told a reporter that her faith prevented her from performing same-sex marriages. The state supreme court rejected the government’s removal recommendation because removal would have ‘unnecessarily circumscribe[d] protected expression’ and thus violated the Constitution.
Additionally, he has frequently contributed to national print and online outlets including The Washington Post, USA Today, National Review, The Daily Signal, and The Federalist.
Campbell earned his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2006. He is admitted to the state bars of Ohio and Arizona and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts.