ADF president on confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to US Supreme Court
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom President and CEO Michael Farris regarding Thursday’s Senate confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court:
“ADF congratulates Ketanji Brown Jackson on her confirmation as the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The American people count on our courts to apply the laws as written, not engage in judicial policymaking. A justice therefore should interpret the Constitution faithfully and according to the original public meaning of the Framers who wrote it. Respecting the Constitution in this way is essential to protect our precious freedoms, including the fundamental freedoms of free speech, religious freedom, parental rights, and the right to life from conception to natural death. We affirm what Justice Jackson said during her confirmation hearings about believing ‘that the Constitution is fixed in its meaning’ and that the ‘original public meaning of the words’ of the Constitution are ‘a limitation on my authority to import my own policy.’ All Americans should affirm those words, the limits of judicial office, and the supremacy of the Constitution.”
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.