ADF celebrates extraordinary life of Judge Ken Starr, religious liberty champion
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom President and CEO Michael P. Farris regarding the passing Tuesday of Judge Ken Starr, a champion for religious liberty with a distinguished career in law, academia, and public service, who was also a member of ADF’s Supreme Court Advisory Council:
“We mourn the passing of our beloved friend, trusted adviser, and fellow religious liberty stalwart Judge Starr. While we grieve this loss, we also reflect on and celebrate Judge Starr’s lifetime of service dedicated to preserving America’s most fundamental principles. His esteemed career spanned some of the highest levels of government, law, and academia, yet Judge Starr always cared for each individual person—showing generosity and kindness to all. Our prayers, gratitude, and love extend to Alice, their children, and the entire Starr family. May the God of all comfort be ever present to them, and may He equip each of us to take up the torch Judge Starr carried so far and so well to protect our constitutional freedoms.”
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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Michael Farris is counselor to the CEO and president of Alliance Defending Freedom. Drawing on his experience as the former CEO, Farris provides strategic analysis and advice to ADF’s CEO on a broad range of issues, with special emphasis on parental rights and international issues. Before joining ADF, Farris was founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College and continues to serve as chairman of the board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC. He graduated from Western Washington State College magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science, followed by a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University (with honors). He also earned an LL.M. in public international law (with honors) from the University of London. Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the appellate courts of 13 states, eight federal circuit courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 2018 he successfully argued NIFLA v. Becerra, resulting in a free speech victory for California’s pro-life pregnancy centers.