Alliance Defending Freedom advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. As an alliance-building legal organization, ADF unites attorneys, ministry leaders, pastors, and like-minded organizations in a common purpose: defending religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.
Recognizing the need for a strong, coordinated legal defense against growing attacks on religious freedom, more than 30 prominent Christian leaders launched Alliance Defending Freedom in 1994. Five exceptional men took a leading role in forming this legal organization, and set the high standard of excellence and good stewardship that we continue to abide by today:
- Dr. Bill Bright (Founder, Cru)
- Larry Burkett (Co-founder, Crown Financial Ministries)
- Dr. James C. Dobson (Founder, Family Talk)
- Dr. D. James Kennedy (former Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church)
- Marlin Maddoux (former Host, “Point of View” radio program)
The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law supports ADF’s Vienna, Austria office, helping defend religious freedom and unborn children in Europe. Student Staff members help draft case summaries for ADF’s digital legal library, monitor all cases before the European Court of Human Rights to determine in which cases the Center and ADF may want to be involved, and occasionally assist with legal research projects for ADF briefs.
To see where some of our students have interned or worked on pro bono projects for ADF, click here >