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ADF celebrates extraordinary life of Judge Ken Starr, religious liberty champion

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022

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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ABOUT Michael Farris

Michael P. Farris is president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. 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 J.D. from Gonzaga University (with honors). At Gonzaga, he was articles editor of the Law Review, and winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition. He also earned an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of London. Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the appellate courts of 13 states. He is also the author of numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.