#NRB2024: “Christian Liberty: The Current Legal Landscape” Forum

NRB | January 11, 2024 | NRB News

Some of the most important cases today for religious liberty, freedom of speech, and the preservation of Judeo-Christian values are being litigated by Christian legal groups.

On Wednesday, February 21, a timely dialogue between leaders of these top organizations—Alliance Defending Freedom, Pacific Justice Institute, First Liberty Institute, and Liberty Counsel—will take a close look at the Supreme Court and explore what is happening, what is coming, and how God is at work in this critical sector of our nation’s life.

NRB General Counsel Michael P. Farris will moderate. Farris previously served as President & CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. He was the founding president of Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Association. Farris has argued in the appellate courts of thirteen states, eight federal circuit courts, and two First Amendment victories in the US Supreme Court. Farris was also the co-founder of the Convention of States project and serves this group as Senior Advisor.

The forum will welcome panelists:

  • Ryan Bangert, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and special counsel to the president at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Bangert oversees ADF’s Blackstone Fellowship, government relations, and corporate engagement teams. Before joining ADF, Bangert served as deputy first assistant attorney general and deputy for legal counsel Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton; and as deputy for civil litigation for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. Prior to his government service, Bangert was a litigation partner at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas and clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham on the Fifth Circuit. He earned his J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
  • Brad Dacus, founder and president of Pacific Justice Institute. Dacus, former Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas. Founding Pacific Justice Institute in 1997, he’s led its charge in defending faith and family across the nation with pro bono legal aid, utilizing hundreds of volunteer attorneys. Catch him on “Brad Dacus Live” and “The Dacus Report” on over 1,000 radio stations. Dacus has appeared on major news networks, testified before Congress, and influenced California State Legislature. He is a sought-after public speaker, receiving an honorary Doctorate for his dedication to religious freedom and parental rights from California Baptist University.
  • Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel at First Liberty Institute. Dys earned his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, degree in Communication Studies from Taylor University. Prior to joining First Liberty Institute, Dys led a public policy organization where he led research and advocacy efforts on matters of life, marriage, and religious freedom. In support of his clients, Dys has made numerous appearances in local, state, and national television, print, and radio outlets. His written commentaries have been featured at the Wall Street Journal, FoxNews.com, New York Daily News, TheHill.com, Dallas Morning News, DailySignal.com, Washington Examiner, TheFederalist.com, and others.
  • Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman at Liberty Counsel. Mat Staver is founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel Action, Faith and Liberty, Covenant Journey, and Covenant Journey Academy. He has over 350 legal opinions, authored eight scholarly law review publications, and many articles and books. Staver has argued in many federal and state courts, including three landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including a 9-0 victory in Shurtleff v. City of Bostonwhich rejected the 1971 opinion of Lemon v. Kurtzman that distorted the First Amendment for 51-years. Staver hosts daily radio programs, Freedom’s Call and Faith and Freedom, and a weekly television program, Freedom Alive.

The forum is sponsored by National School Chaplain Association and Uncommon Sense in Current Times with Peter Demos.

Register for NRB 2024 today to listen in on this crucial conversation––and many others––at NRB Convention from February 20-23 in Nashville, Tennessee. Secure the best rate by registering before January 19.

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