by Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO & Chief Counsel
Just before I go home and celebrate Christmas with the family, as many are doing all over the country, I just want to stop and make sure I say thank you. Thank you for your support of First Liberty Institute, thank you for your partnership in these unbelievable victories this year.
When you look at our cases and the millions and millions of people whose freedoms were restored, understand that you had a part in that—know that you participated in each victory.
And so, as we celebrate Christmas, in addition to the birth of our savior we can celebrate the freedoms we’ve been given, and the freedoms we’ve been responsible for stewarding, and the freedoms we’ve actually restored.
I want you to understand that you not only supported and partnered with us in these, but you helped make these happen. For example:
Of course, this is just a sample of the cases we won this year. We handled more than 400 legal matters, and our caseload has almost doubled.
Yet we still win well over 90 percent of our cases.
By God’s grace, we have an innovative strategy with a nucleus of some of the finest attorneys in America. These 12 attorneys coordinate a vast and expanding network of volunteer attorneys from the most elite law firms in the nation—roughly 24 of the top 50 firms.
Lawyers within these top firms defend victims of religious discrimination at no charge, even though they would normally charge as much as $1,000 per our or more.
Every one of our staff attorneys can coordinate up to 20 of these top volunteer litigators. So for every staff attorney your donations help First Liberty Institute to employee, your donations are supplying up to 20 of the best attorneys in the nation to fight for religious freedom in their local areas around America—areas where they are known and respected by judges and the legal community.
That’s the unique strategy that gives Liberty Institute an edge. And that’s how we achieved the victories I mentioned above. If you have supported us this year, these are your victories!
It truly is a privilege to serve alongside you at such a time as this, protecting religious freedom for all Americans. Merry Christmas.
We still need your help this year! First Liberty Institute needs to keep on track with our budget projections. Generous friends have been helping all month to meet the $3.2 million goal we started with at the beginning of the month. But we still need approximately $1.6 million by midnight, December 31.