Abigail A. Southerland | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

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.

Latest By
Abigail A. Southerland

California Finally Capitulates and Lifts Worship Ban on Churches

By Abigail A. Southerland1619725946069

This week – approximately ten (10) months following implementation of an outright ban on worship in churches – California has finally lifted the unconstitutional restriction. As you might recall, on July 1, 2020, California issued a mandate that places of worship “must therefore discontinue singing...

read more

ACLJ Secures Victory for Messianic Congregation

By Abigail A. Southerland1609273741126

The ACLJ has secured another RLUIPA victory. This time on behalf of a Messianic congregation in California. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is a federal law designed to protect religious assemblies and institutions from land use regulations that interfere with...

read more

Political Discrimination by Employers Is on the Rise

By Abigail A. Southerland1594650058923

In the months and days leading up to a presidential election, there is always an increase in political discourse. This year is certainly no different. It would seem that this election cycle is one of the most contentious in our history. In the past, political discourse and the free and respectful...

read more

ACLJ Obtains Key Ruling in Our Case to Defend a Church Ministry

By Abigail A. Southerland1591711995644

We’ve got a positive update in our case to defend a church from unlawful discrimination. A federal court has ruled that the ACLJ, on behalf of the Christian ministry it represents, can move forward with its lawsuit against a county in Georgia challenging the discriminatory zoning process engaged in...

read more
More By
Abigail A. Southerland

What Are Churches’ Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Abigail A. Southerland1590163715698

ACLJ Secures Victory Allowing Religious Symbols To Stand

By Abigail A. Southerland1586178000000

New Year, New Victories Across the Country

By Abigail A. Southerland1578927556681

VICTORY: ACLJ Helps Church Choir Perform at Festival

By Abigail A. Southerland1569959799007