Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding and litigation. Alliance Defending Freedom strives to see an America whose laws affirm religious liberty, protect life from conception to natural death, defend the family, and preserve marriage as being between one man and one woman. Since its launch in 1994, Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies has attained a win ratio of over 75%...achieving victory in hundreds of critical, precedent-setting cases at both state and federal levels.
Alliance Defending Freedom defends the constitutional rights of students, student groups, faculty, and staff who wish to engage in free speech, expression, and association, as well as the free exercise of religion on campus. Its team of experienced constitutional litigators works to ensure that Christian students, faculty, and staff have the same rights as other individuals.
One of the greatest threats to America’s future comes from a politically correct agenda in universities, where students and faculty are often told not to reason on their own, but to conform to campus orthodoxy or risk punishment. Alliance Defending Freedom does not seek to replace one form of indoctrination with another, but instead strives to restore the open exchange of ideas at America’s public universities.
Faith has a voice, and Alliance Defending Freedom exists to protect it.
Alliance Defending Freedom is led by Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman.
Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2005, Cortman has focused his litigation in the areas of free speech and religious liberties. He has successfully defended the rights of students at school to form Bible clubs (including pro-life clubs), to include religious imagery in their artwork, to wear religious T-shirts and distribute religious flyers, to participate in student events (such as the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity), to advertise religious gatherings (such as See You at the Pole), and to perform religious songs at student talent shows. In 2011, Cortman began leading efforts to restore the marketplace of ideas to university campuses, concentrating his litigation on religious freedom issues.
Cortman graduated magna cum laude from Regent University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1996. He is listed in the “Who’s Who of American Law Students” and the “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Cortman is also a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award, the Regent University Merit Scholarship, and the C.A.S.E. Scholarship, earning a place on Regent’s dean’s list. Before joining Alliance Defending Freedom, Cortman was with the American Center for Law and Justice for 12 years, where he served as senior litigation counsel. He graduated cum laude in 1984 from Roberts Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Business. Having practiced law since 1996, Cortman has litigated more than 150 free speech and religious liberty cases. He is a member of the bar in Georgia, Florida, and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice in two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently resides in Georgia.