Updates: Volume III, Issue 3
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys are appealing a July 27 federal district court ruling that denied summary judgment on behalf of former Eastern Michigan University student Julea Ward (The Price Of Values, Volume II, Issue 4).
Ward, an honors student, was dismissed from the school’s graduate program in counseling when she respectfully offered, based on her own strong biblical convictions, to refer a client seeking advice on a homosexual relationship to a different counselor. The court delivered a summary judgment in support of the school’s speech code, which compels students like Julea to choose between earning a degree and maintaining their belief in the Scriptures.
ADF is appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
2010 Service Awards
At the closing banquet of the 2010 ADF Academy, the Alliance Defense Fund recognized lawyers and allies who have made especially generous contributions to the defense of religious freedom.
Allied attorney John Mauck (ADF Ally Leads Fight to Defend Religious Property Rights, p. 16) and three of his associates in the Chicago firm of Mauck & Baker – Lee McCoy, Amy Parrish, Jeff Schwab, and Noel Sterett – were each recognized with the Bronze Award for their individual donations of more than 2,500 pro bono hours of legal service to the Body of Christ. Mauck & Baker also received an award for their efforts to defend religious liberty.