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First Liberty Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Decision on Legislative Prayers

First Liberty attorneys say circuit split creates imminent need for Supreme Court review
October 12, 2017 • Press Releases

WASHINGTON— First Liberty Institute on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Rowan County, North Carolina to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Rowan County v. Lund prohibiting Rowan County’s commissioners from opening their meetings with prayer. The federal courts

First Liberty Institute Praises New Exemptions to Contraceptive Mandate, DOJ Guidance on Religious Liberty

Trump administration announces broad protection for Americans of all religious beliefs and moral convictions.
October 6, 2017 • Press Releases

PLANO, Texas—Today, the Trump administration announced two significant policy positions that will protect the religious liberty of all Americans—critical protections that will immediately benefit First Liberty Institute’s clients and aid many others. Thanks to a new interim final rule announced by the Trump administration, clients of First Liberty are now

Texas Court Rules in Favor of Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Case

Court concludes cheerleaders’ run-through banners bearing Bible verses are private speech protected by the First Amendment
September 29, 2017 • Press Releases

Beaumont, TX, September 29, 2017 — Late Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District of Texas decided in favor of the Kountze Cheerleaders in the case of Matthews v. Kountze Independent School District. Lead counsel James C. Ho of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP, First Liberty Institute, and

Animal Rights Activists Continue Oppression of Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish Community During the Jewish High Holy Days

First Liberty Institute files for an emergency protective order after activists renege on promise to refrain from harassing and threatening to arrest members of local synagogues.
September 28, 2017 • Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, California—On early Thursday morning, First Liberty Institute attorneys filed for an emergency protective order in APRL v. City of Los Angeles on behalf of five Orthodox Jewish congregations and their members. The action comes two weeks after the filing of a lawsuit seeking to compel the cities of

Football Coach Seeks En Banc Rehearing Following Extreme, Far-Reaching Opinion by Three-Judge Appeals Panel

First Liberty attorneys say future of private prayer hangs in the balance
September 21, 2017 • Press Releases

SEATTLE, Wash.—Attorneys for First Liberty Institute today filed a petition on behalf of their client, football coach Joe Kennedy, requesting an en banc rehearing of Coach Kennedy’s case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If granted, eleven active Ninth Circuit judges—including the chief judge—would hear Coach

Orthodox Jewish Community Safe Against Threat of Arrest for Practicing Their Faith for Now

First Liberty Institute obtains agreement protecting Los Angeles area synagogues and members threatened in lawsuit brought by animal rights activists.
September 21, 2017 • Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, California—On the eve of the Jewish High Holy Days, attorneys with First Liberty Institute obtained assurances from attorneys representing animal rights activists that Orthodox Jews practicing kaporos will not be physically assaulted and placed under “private persons arrest.” Such assurances come a week after activists filed APRL v.