First Liberty Attorneys Speak at Belmont Law School & Harvard

April 19, 2024
College Speaking | First Liberty Insider

by Jorge Gomez • 3 min read

First Liberty attorneys often travel across the country speaking and teaching at law schools and universities, where they share with students and staff about First Liberty’s mission, the cases we’re fighting, and how our legal victories are protecting religious freedom in the courtroom and the culture.

This week, Kelly Shackelford stopped in Nashville at Belmont University. Our President & CEO was invited to speak to a group of law students and community members as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series. The session was moderated by Judge Alberto Gonzales, Dean of Belmont’s College of Law.

Belmont is a Christ-centered university recognized nationwide for its high-quality academic programs. It currently enrolls about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, training and transforming them into leaders with purpose and character.

Belmont’s College of Law is top-ranked in Tennessee. It has the highest bar pass rate among all law schools in the state.

Check out the photos below of Kelly speaking at this event:

 Hiram Sasser Speaks at Harvard

Executive General Counsel Hiram Sasser recently spoke at the Harvard Faculty Club. Alex Smith and Rabbi Eli Goodman, two of our clients, joined Hiram on this trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alex is a first responder and pastor from Atlantic City. Alongside the Harvard Religious Liberty Clinic, we’re fighting his case in federal court. Alex’s employer, the city’s fire department, refuses to grant him a religious accommodation. Winning this case could impact millions of religious Americans who are facing religious discrimination at work. The outcome could affect every person of faith who works and has deeply held beliefs on matters of conscience.

Rabbi Goodman shared how village officials in New York tried to seize his congregation’s property through eminent domain. First Liberty successfully helped ensure that the congregation, Chabad of the Beaches, could keep its property and continue worshipping without being harassed.

Here’s Hiram giving us a quick update about how it went:



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