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Gov. DeSantis appoints ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle to Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council

Thursday, Dec 23, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life regarding her appointment by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council:

“Churches and faith-based organizations contribute significantly to any flourishing community through their compassion and care for people, especially to society’s most vulnerable citizens. Recognizing this, Gov. Ron DeSantis established a Faith and Community-Based Initiative to support Florida churches and nonprofits and maximize their invaluable contribution. I am honored and excited to partner with Gov. DeSantis in this mission as I join the initiative’s Advisory Council. Through this partnership, we will serve more churches and ministries, advance important policies that protect life and support adoption and foster agencies, and continue to ensure Floridians—and Americans across the country—can freely live out their faith.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Harle (HAR’-lee)

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 Denise Harle

Denise Harle serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Life. In this role, Harle focuses her litigation efforts on defending pro-life legislation around the nation. She also works to defend the First Amendment freedoms of pro-life health care professionals and pregnancy resource centers. Since joining ADF, Harle took the primary role in drafting the briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in NIFLA v. Becerra, resulting in a free speech victory for California pro-life pregnancy centers. Prior to joining ADF, Harle served as deputy solicitor general in the Office of the Florida Attorney General, where she drafted appellate briefs and presented oral arguments on behalf of the state in a wide variety of constitutional cases, including defending the constitutionality of pro-life laws. In 2017, she participated in the prestigious Supreme Court Fellow program, sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General. She clerked for Justice Ricky L. Polston on the Florida Supreme Court and worked for several years as an appellate litigator at a large firm in California. Harle earned bachelor’s degrees, summa cum laude, in psychology and interdisciplinary social science from Florida State University, a master’s degree in political science from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. At Duke, she served as the executive editor of Law & Contemporary Problems, the law school’s oldest journal. A member of the state bars of California, Florida, and Georgia, she is admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.