The Shackelford Sessions | First Liberty

The Shackelford Sessions

The Shackelford Sessions | First Liberty

Thirty years ago, Kelly Shackelford stood at a crossroads. A choice to continue down the comfortable path of traditional law, or step into uncharted territory to follow the calling he truly felt upon his life — to defend the constitution, religious freedom, and our founding principles.

Taking a leap of faith, Kelly chose the latter direction. And three decades later, he’d tell you — he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The fruits of that one decision 30 years ago have grown into both great challenges and great victories for our nation’s future. And it’s the stories of these victories and the challenges we continue to overcome that are told in The Shackelford Sessions. As Kelly would say, “I’m what you might call a scout from the frontlines of the fight”—and these are his battle stories. Kelly Shackelford | The Shackelford Sessions | First Liberty These sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics, but there are two key points to remember. First: this isn’t about any one person. Kelly would be the first to tell you—he could never have authored these success stories for the cause of freedom without help from a strong community of support. This is why we’re giving you the opportunity to join in celebrating the past 30 years of success by giving towards the next 30 years of success. When like-minded friends of liberty come together, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.

But second—and even more importantly—beyond just being educational and informative, we want these stories to inspire and to motivate. There are many great men and women who have come before, bearing the torch of protecting our sacred first freedom. First Liberty Institute (and Kelly specifically) have been blessed and humbled to help carry it for a time. But our greatest desire is to equip the next generation with the tools needed to seize this torch, and fan the flames of religious freedom higher than we could ever imagine.

There’s always room for one more on the frontlines of the fight for religious liberty. So please, let these stories inspire and motivate you to come alongside the team at First Liberty Institute and take your place in the crucial battle to preserve our nation’s first freedom.


Stuart Shepherd | First LibertyStuart Shepard is First Liberty Institute’s Video Communications Manager and your host for the Shackelford Sessions.

The Road to Bladensburg

A veterans memorial threatened with demolition? Shockingly, this isn’t the first time. Kelly Shackelford is joined by FLI General Counsel Hiram Sasser to discuss the stepping stones leading up to the landmark Bladensburg Memorial case, now awaiting a decision before the Supreme Court.

Kelly Shackelford | 30 Years | First Liberty

Join Kelly in the Fight

As Kelly mentioned above, defending our first freedom is only possible when dedicated friends of liberty come together to fight side-by-side. And right now, in celebration of Kelly’s 30th year, you can join him on the frontlines with just a $30 monthly gift.

By celebrating Kelly’s past 30 years of successfully protecting our constitutional freedoms with your monthly gift, you will be doing your part to ensure that this success continues for the next 30 years.

And you can give with confidence, knowing that what started as a personal mission 3 decades ago has now grown into the nation’s largest legal organization and think tank dedicated exclusively to protecting religious liberty, and the only organization of its kind to maintain a 90% win rate across all legal matters.

Kelly has no intention of slowing down—and he’s counting on you for support as he continues to pursue the next crucial victory for our religious freedom!

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