First Liberty Institute is the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans. We believe that every American of any faith—or no faith at all—has a fundamental right to follow their conscience and live according to their beliefs.
Our nation’s Founding Fathers established this right as our First Freedom nearly two and a half centuries ago, and we intend to keep it that way.
MISSION & VISION
Religious freedom is the first freedom outlined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, and for good reason: it is the foundational right that all others are built upon. And if this cornerstone freedom ever falls, all other freedoms would be at risk of tumbling as well. That’s why protecting and defending it is so important—because to fight for religious freedom is to fight for the future of all freedoms.
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MEET the TEAM
For over 30 years, First Liberty President, CEO and Chief Counsel, Kelly Shackelford, has been leading the fight to reclaim religious freedom in America. Joining Kelly on the frontlines are a dedicated team of legal experts who have helped First Liberty achieve an unparalleled win rate of over 90% across all legal matters. The nation’s best attorneys, defending your first freedom.
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THE FUTURE of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
As our second President John Adams once said: “A constitution of government once changed from freedom can never be restored.” Many in today’s society are moving against this “constitution of freedom,” and it is our duty to not only safeguard this liberty today—but to equip the next generation to defend it tomorrow.
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ALL PEOPLE, ALL FAITHS
Our nation’s diversity has always been one of its greatest strengths. No matter your faith, ideology, or background, we will always defend your ability to freely live according to your beliefs—because the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not conditional.
Even better, we do it for free.
SECURING your RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ➞
OUR RECORD STANDS for ITSELF
First Liberty Institute has a victory rate of over 90% across all legal matters it handles.
For every $100,000 we spend on a case, we receive up to $600,000 in pro bono legal time via our exclusive network of elite volunteer attorneys from some of the top firms in the country. In other words, every $1 dollar we receive in donations is multiplied by 6—allowing us to invest and deliver more freedom per dollar.
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