Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a nonprofit legal organization headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. ADF offers pro bono legal aid in special cases involving religious freedom and parental rights.

Established in 1994 as Alliance Defense Fund and renamed in 2012 as Alliance Defending Freedom after its merger with the American Center for Law and Justice, ADF is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as the “most well-funded and successful anti-abortion group” of the U.S. Christian conservative movement.

Alliance Defending Freedom is governed by a president, CEO, and general counsel and is led by an executive vice president. An additional staff of approximately 175 includes a senior legal counsel and “several dozen” in-house attorneys who provide legal counsel for religious freedom cases.

Alliance Defending Freedom has won both pro bono and legal aid cases, most of which challenging state laws that purportedly contradict the United States Constitution. In several cases, ADF has offered free legal aid to persons who could not afford it or were ineligible for assistance. Among the most notable cases in which ADF played a significant role were: Aguilar v. Felton and Aguilar v. Felton (1986), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York City program providing remedial education for low-income children attending private schools failed to adhere to constitutional standards regarding separation of church and state; “Albany Church of Christ v. New York State Department of Social Services” and “Christian Echoes & Missions Center v. Boggs” (1996), in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Oklahoma laws that mandated a “wall” between church and state, while allowing the use of public funds to reimburse private schools for expenses such as textbooks, writing assistance, and transportation; “Korematsu v. United States” (1944), in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Japanese-American resident of San Leandro, California for violating a law that prohibited those of Japanese descent from entering the country; and “Obergefell v. Hodges” (2015), in which the U.S. ┬áKindly click here to learn more.

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