Jeffery J. Ventrella

Jeffery J. Ventrella serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of training for Alliance Defending Freedom. Since joining ADF in 2000, he has headed the ADF Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a unique legal internship program for outstanding law students. He also leads the ADF Areté Academy, providing training for exceptional college upperclassmen and recent graduates on a path to future leadership positions in a variety of disciplines.

He currently serves as a research fellow and member of an ad hoc graduate thesis committee for the Department of Philosophy and Constitutional Law at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He is also a distinguished fellow of law and culture for the Center for Cultural Leadership and a fellow with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. In 2014, TruthXchange appointed him senior fellow. As an approved speaker for The Federalist Society, he serves as appointed member of the society’s executive committee—guiding its Religious Practice Group.

His book The Cathedral Builder: Pursuing Cultural Beauty (2007) is part of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship’s Core Curriculum Project, which he also edits. He is the author of numerous monographs and has contributed to or edited nine books.

Ventrella received a B.M.E. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Northern Colorado, where he specialized in trumpet performance. He received a Ph.D. in church and state studies from Whitefield Theological Seminary and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. He has practiced law since 1985 and is a member of the state bar of Idaho. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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