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State of West Virginia v. Beaver

Description:  A legal challenge to West Virginia’s Hope Scholarship program, that if successful, could impact thousands of families who send their children to schools aligned with their values. 

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Thursday, Sep 22, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys, as co-counsel, filed Thursday with the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in State of West Virginia v. Beaver on behalf of the West Virginia Christian Education Association in support of the Hope Scholarship program, which thousands of families rely on to send their children to schools aligned with their values, after a lower court wrongly halted the program from going into effect:

“Thousands of West Virginia families, including those from impoverished areas, rely on Hope Scholarships to send their children to good schools that align with their values. The circuit court’s unlawful move to prevent this program from going into effect has posed significant hardships to West Virginia Christian Education Association schools, other Christian schools across the state, and low-income families, forcing them to make difficult and unnecessary decisions. We urge West Virginia’s high court to right this wrong and allow the Hope Scholarship program to be fully implemented as soon as possible.”

Zachary Viglianco, Gordon Mowen, and Ryan Nash with law firm Orndorff Mowen PLLC are serving as lead counsel in the case on behalf of the West Virginia Christian Education Association, and are part of the ADF Attorney Network.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT John Bursch

John Bursch is senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom. Bursch has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases and more than 30 state supreme court cases since 2011, and a recent study concluded that among all frequent Supreme Court advocates who did not work for the federal government, he had the 3rd highest success rate for persuading justices to adopt his legal position. Bursch served as solicitor general for the state of Michigan from 2011-2013. He has argued multiple Michigan Supreme Court cases in eight of the last ten terms and has successfully litigated hundreds of matters nationwide, including six with at least $1 billion at stake. As part of his private firm, Bursch Law PLLC, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the University of Minnesota Law School and is admitted to practice in numerous federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.