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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,

Legal Scholars Ask SCOTUS to Protect Free Speech, Minority Viewpoints

First Liberty files amicus brief in NIFLA v. Becerra on behalf of constitutional experts
January 19, 2018 • Press Releases

Washington, D.C.—Attorneys with First Liberty Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme court this week on behalf of 23 law professors and legal scholars in the pending case of NIFLA v. Becerra. According to the brief, the professors fear a California law that “targets disfavored speakers for compelled

Texas Cheerleaders Taken to Court by School District…Again!

Despite repeated losses in court, the Kountze ISD continues fight against cheerleaders it started in 2012 over Bible verses on run-through banners
January 17, 2018 • Press Releases

AUSTIN, TX, January 17, 2018—One year after the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of First Liberty clients, the Kountze Cheerleaders, the Kountze Independent School District filed another petition to the high court of Texas. Hiram Sasser, one of the attorneys for the cheerleaders and General Counsel to First