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New Hampshire Law School Approves Student Group After Religious Liberty Law Firm Threatens Legal Action

January 25, 2023

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For Immediate Release: 1.25.23
Contact: Peyton Luke,
Direct: 972-941-4453

New Hampshire Law School Approves Student Group After Religious Liberty Law Firm Threatens Legal Action
Student group formed to equip religious students regarding rights previously denied formal recognition despite meeting all requirements

Concord, NH—Today, First Liberty Institute announced that the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law granted official recognition as a student group to the Free Exercise Coalition.  After the law school previously rejected the group’s application for recognition, First Liberty sent a demand letter explaining the illegality of the school’s decision.

“We appreciate the University of New Hampshire officially recognizing the Free Exercise Coalition,” said Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel at First Liberty Institute.  “It is simply inexcusable and unconstitutional for any university to hold itself out as tolerant, diverse, and welcoming, but then exclude students because of their religious viewpoint.  The Free Exercise Coalition looks forward to making an important contribution about the nature of the First Amendment at UNH Law.”

Students at the law school formed the Free Exercise Coalition, a group dedicated to promoting the free exercise of religion both on and off campus.  The organization is an open member coalition of religious students and their allies, all with a passion to see America’s foundational religious freedoms restored and respected. Through scholarship, service, and education, coalition members have the opportunity to support religious liberty causes on their campus and in their communities.  However, the law school’s Student Bar Association excluded the organization by refusing to formally recognize the group.


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