Ken Connelly serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he plays a key role with the Center for Life. His primary focus is ensuring that medical and allied health practitioners can deliver professional and compassionate care without violating their deeply held personal beliefs.
Since joining ADF in 2012, Connelly has represented medical, business, and government clients in cases implicating the constitutionally protected right to free speech, freedom of association, free exercise of religion, and freedom of conscience. In Hands On Originals v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, he helped defend the freedom of a Kentucky promotional printer to decline to create apparel expressing messages that conflict with his faith. In Neely v. Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, he helped defend a judge facing removal from office because she told an inquiring reporter that her faith prevented her from performing same-sex marriages, which are discretionary under state law. In addition, in Cochran v. City of Atlanta, he helped represent Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was suspended and terminated for writing a book, on his personal time, expressing biblical beliefs about marriage and sexuality.
A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Connelly graduated from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Government, followed by a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He also completed the ADF leadership development program to become a Blackstone Fellow. Connelly is a member of the state bars of Arizona and Minnesota, along with numerous federal district and appellate courts. Additionally, he has been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Washington Times, among other national media outlets.