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ADF attorneys to debate in Calif., Fla., SC on Supreme Court case involving Christian student group

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez suit will be subject of law school debates next week
Published On: 10/18/2017

WHO: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Gregory S. Baylor
WHAT: Debate at University of California Davis School of Law with law professor Alan E. Brownstein

WHEN: Monday, March 29, at 12 p.m. PDT
WHERE: University of California Davis School of Law, 400 Mrak Hall Dr., King Hall, Room 2011, Davis, Calif.

 

WHO: ADF Legal Counsel Casey Mattox
WHAT: Debate at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law with law professor Guerra Pujols
WHEN: Monday, March 29, at 2 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Barry Univ. Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, 6441 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, Fla.

WHO: ADF Legal Counsel Casey Mattox
WHAT: Debate at University of South Carolina School of Law
WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, at 12:40 p.m. EDT
WHERE: University of South Carolina School of Law, 701 Main St., Columbia, S.C.

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will participate next week in three law school debates sponsored by campus chapters of The Federalist Society on the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Attorneys with ADF and the CLS Center for Law & Religious Freedom, who are litigating the case, represent a student chapter of CLS, which Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco refused to recognize because the group requires its officers and voting members to subscribe to its basic Christian beliefs.

“Christian student groups shouldn’t be forced to deny their faith in order to be treated the same as other student groups,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Gregory S. Baylor, a participant at one of the debates. “Just as all student groups have the right to associate with people who share common beliefs and interests, Christian student groups have the right to be Christian student groups. A university policy never trumps rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.”

Nearly 100 parties have filed briefs in support of the CLS chapter, including 14 state attorneys general and a wide array of groups ascribing to diverse beliefs and practices.

Also next week, ADF Litigation Staff Counsel David J. Hacker will be lecturing Monday on the lawsuit at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif., at 12 p.m. PDT.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.