Abigail A. Southerland

Abigail Southerland serves as Senior Litigation Counsel with the ACLJ. She specializes in First Amendment litigation and represents clients across the country in both state and federal courts, from complaint through trial and appeal. Abigail obtained a key victory for religious employers in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She presented oral argument before the court, securing the first decision issued by a U.S. court of appeals since the Supreme Court’s decision in Hosanna-Tabor, that a religious organization’s right to choose its ministers and spiritual leaders free from federal and state government interference – a protection known as the ministerial exception – is a limitation imposed on the government that cannot be waived. Abigail represents a variety of clients including private individuals, non-profit organizations, school boards and local government bodies. Abigail is a 2007 graduate of Regent University School of Law where she served as Managing Editor of the Regent Journal of International Law and authored a note published in the journal addressing the conflict between First Amendment freedoms and antidiscrimination laws.

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As SCOTUS Considers Prayer Case, ACLJ Presents Oral Argument in Defense

By Abigail A. Southerland1651755600000

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and just last week, the ACLJ presented oral argument before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the City of Ocala to defend the longstanding practice of prayer in our country and our First Freedom, religious liberty. In the fall of 2014, the City...

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Eleventh Circuit Will Hear Oral Argument on Prayer Ban in Major ACLJ Case

By Abigail A. Southerland1644251924737

In response to our request, the Eleventh Circuit has scheduled oral argument in our important prayer case. Oral arguments will be held the week of April 25, 2022, in our case appealing a flawed federal district ruling declaring that government officials can no longer encourage citizens to pray amid...

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ACLJ Files Reply At Supreme Court Against Biden Vaccine Mandate

By Abigail A. Southerland1641197400000

Even after admitting that there is "no federal solution" to fight the spread of COVID-19, President Biden continues to fight to enforce his unconstitutional vaccine mandate on American employers. As we’ve told you, the ACLJ is currently fighting at the Supreme Court against President Biden’s...

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ACLJ Steps In After Veteran Told He Cannot Wear a Cross on His Vest

By Abigail A. Southerland1639583794076

Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of our republic, woven deep into the fabric of our American heritage. So when the ACLJ was contacted by a Vietnam veteran who had been told he couldn’t wear a cross on his American Legion Riders’ (ALR) vest, we immediately stepped in to help. The long-time...

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ACLJ Assists College Student After English Professor Refuses To Accept Her Essay on Jesus

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Realtor Board Backs Down From Attack on Cross in Realtor's Ads

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ACLJ Defends Belk Employee Fired for Requesting To Attend Church

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