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Kountze Cheerleaders Dragged Back to Texas Supreme Court

The most famous banner in high school sports still sparks legal fight.
January 27, 2018 • News & Commentary

They won’t stop banning banners. Or fighting freedom. Last week, the Kountze Independent School District (KISD) filed another petition to the Texas Supreme Court to ban high school football cheerleaders from displaying run-through banners that feature uplifting Bible verses. The six-year legal battle has made the Kountze cheerleader banners the

Court refuses to hear case of coach fired for taking knee to pray

January 25, 2018 • In the News

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit refused to hear the case of a Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer.

Ninth Circuit: Coach Kennedy Doesn’t Have a Prayer

Coach Kennedy to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of school district’s decision to fire him because of his silent 15-second prayer.
January 25, 2018 • Press Releases

SEATTLE, Wash.—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied football coach Joe Kennedy’s request for a hearing en banc. Attorneys with First Liberty Institute represent Coach Kennedy. “It is disappointing that the Ninth Circuit would refuse to hear Coach Kennedy’s case en banc, especially in light of

D.C. Metro to Archdiocese: You Can’t Ride Our Bus

First Liberty Institute files brief defending a church’s right to express its beliefs in public.
January 23, 2018 • Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC—First Liberty Institute and the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), represented by Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia supporting the Archdiocese of Washington’s complaint against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Before Christmas, WMATA

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit Challenging Multi-Faith Invocations to Proceed

First Liberty attorney says decision inconsistent with history, tradition.
January 22, 2018 • Press Releases

CONROE, Texas—A Texas federal judge today allowed a lawsuit against Montgomery County, Texas, to continue its challenge against courtroom invocations of its Justice of the Peace, Judge Wayne Mack, allowing voluntary chaplains to open courtroom ceremonies with an invocation and the pledge of allegiance. The volunteer chaplaincy program included leaders

First Liberty Attorney Matthew Kacsmaryk Only One Step Away From Becoming Federal Judge

United States Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Matthew Kacsmaryk to the full Senate for a vote on his confirmation as U.S. District Court judge.
January 19, 2018 • Press Releases

Washington, D.C.—The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary advanced First Liberty Institute Deputy General Counsel, Matthew Kacsmaryk to the full Senate for a vote on his confirmation as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. The following may be attributed to Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO,