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The Case for Liberty

The Case for Liberty is a new podcast from First Liberty Institute. It offers a deep dive into the most important religious freedom cases of our day with some of the nation’s top religious freedom attorneys.

First Liberty’s Chris Freund will be the host and guide through the conversations – delving into the details of our strategies and goals for each case. With a rotating cast of attorneys, The Case for Liberty is for those seeking an in-depth look at religious freedom in the law.

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Latest Episodes

The Story Behind Tinker v Des Moines

April 23rd, 2024

On this episode of The Case for Liberty, we’re bringing you a special presentation from the Supreme Court Historical Society. Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty’s President and CEO tells the story of the landmark decision of Tinker v Des Moines on its anniversary at the Supreme Court. He’ll share the story of Tinker family in full and explain why this case is so foundational in protecting our freedoms.

2024 U.S. Supreme Court Term

April 9th, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court term is in full swing and we’re breaking down the biggest cases of the year. Guest host Jeremy Dys is joined by Chief Counsel and President of First Liberty, Kelly Shackelford, along with Kassie Dulin to discuss this term.

Defending Jewish Synagogues

March 19th, 2024

Right now, we’re seeing a wave of antisemitism across the U.S. Many Jewish Synagogues have been hit by city governments looking to punish these congregations just for trying to live out their faith. On this episode, host Christ Freund is joined by Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel, and Ryan Gardner, Counsel, to discuss these cases and how First Liberty is protecting our Jewish communities.

Space Force: Jace Yarbrough

Jan 9th, 2024

On our next episode of the Case for Liberty, we’re going to look at a new case involving the military, censorship, cancel culture, and the reality of the hostility that people of faith who serve our nation currently face. Joined by First Liberty Vice President of External Affairs and Director of Military Affairs, Mike Berry and Senior Counsel, Danielle Runyan, they’ll break down this new case and what it means for the future of our military.

The Christmas Special

December 14th, 2023

The Case for Liberty is back with a special Christmas episode. Kelly Shackelford, our President, CEO and Chief Counsel, and Hiram Sasser, our Executive General Counsel, discuss some of our biggest cases from years past that directly involve Christmas and the holidays. They do a deep dive into these cases and show how the future is bright for religious freedom.

Cambridge v Florida High School Athletic Association

August 8, 2023

In 2015, Cambridge Christian School was told by the Florida High School Athletic Association that it could not pray over the loudspeaker at its state championship football game. The case, Cambridge v Florida High School Athletic Association was just heard at the 11th Circuit Court of appeals so Executive General Counsel, Hiram Sasser and Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys join the show to break down the argument.

The Death of Lemon v Kurtzman

June 27, 2023

With the one-year anniversary of First Liberty’s victory in Kennedy v Bremerton, we’re taking a look at the case overturned in Kennedy: Lemon v Kurtzman. Featuring President, CEO and Chief Counsel Kelly Shackelford, along with General Executive Counsel, Hiram Sasser, this episode will explore why Lemon was so detrimental to religious freedom and how it’s finally been overturned.

Carson & Maine School Choice

May 30, 2023

Last year, we won the U.S. Supreme Court case, Carson v Makin on behalf of school choice in Maine. However, the state is continuing to discriminate against religious schools. Attorneys Lea Patterson and Courtney Jones join the podcast to discuss our victory in Carson, along with the history of Maine’s school-choice program.

U.S. Navy SEALs v Biden

May 16, 2023

In the second episode of First Liberty Institute’s podcast, The Case for Liberty, we discuss our headline making case, U.S. Navy SEALs v Biden. Mike Berry, Director of Military Affairs, and Danielle Runyan, Senior Counsel, discuss the arguments involved the case and why it just might save our military.

Groff v Dejoy – The Faithful Carrier

May 2 2023

In our inaugural episode of First Liberty Institute’s podcast, The Case for Liberty, Kelly Shackelford and Jeff Mateer discuss our recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Groff v Dejoy. They explain the legal strategy, the troubling precedent, and decipher what we heard at the highest court in the land.

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