Around the Institute: What’s Happening at First Liberty

August 11, 2023
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A weekly roundup of important headlines and exciting things happening at First Liberty.

First Liberty Attorney Speaks at the Federalist Society

This week, our Vice President of External Affairs, Director of Military Affairs and Senior Counsel Mike Berry spoke at the San Diego Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. He gave a “Supreme Court Roundup” of recent decisions at the nation’s highest court. Learn more here.

DOD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Spreading Half-Truths and Political Blame

Senior Counsel Danielle Runyan recently testified before the U.S. House Oversight and Accountability Committee, where she brought attention to the many service members who were horribly mistreated because they requested legal, religious accommodations to the military vaccine mandate. Runyan wrote an op-ed discussing the hearing:

“As legal counsel representing over 4,000 Navy service members who suffered tremendous discrimination by the DoD and Navy for exercising their religious liberty rights, I clearly explained in my written testimony how the Executive Branch’s violations of the U.S. Constitution and federal law over the past two years continue to harm not only those service members, but also our national security.”

I Was Fired for Teaching Biology

St. Philip’s College wrongfully fired our client Dr. Johnson Varkey for teaching basic and widely accepted concepts of biology. We’re asking the college to immediately reinstate Dr. Varkey to his position and clear his record of any wrongdoing. In an op-ed for WORLD, Dr. Varkey writes:

“The law protects Americans from being punished by their employers for holding or expressing their religious beliefs. St. Philip’s College is sending a message that the facts of science don’t matter and that religious people are not welcome and need not apply. It shouldn’t take a lawsuit for the College to recognize that it violated my rights, but it probably will.”

In the Public Interest Podcast: Religious Accommodations at Work

Listen to the latest episode of In the Public Interest, a podcast from the law firm Wilmer Hale. Attorney Matt Martens discusses how the Supreme Court victory in our Faithful Carrier case, Groff v. DeJoy, impacts religious accommodations at work. Martens is one of First Liberty’s volunteer attorneys who submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the American Hindu Coalition supporting Gerald Groff. Listen below:

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