This class will offer a review of the current cases and legal issues of the day that conflict or affirm with the teaching of John Paul II that, "...freedom of conscience and of religion...is a primary and inalienable right of the human person; what is more, insofar as it touches the innermost sphere of the spirit, one can even say that it upholds the justification, deeply rooted in each individual, of all other liberties."
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Alan Sears serves as founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, building on his experience as longtime leader of the organization to strengthen alliances, forge new relationships, and develop theresources needed to ensure the ministry’s capacity to respond toopportunities. As the first president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Sears led all strategic initiatives from 1993-2017. Sears earned his Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section for the Western District of Kentucky. Sears was appointed director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and served as associate solicitor with the Department of Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Pepperdine University, and most recently the Catholic University of America. In 2017, Pope Francis honored Alan Sears and his wife, Paula, knighting them into the Order of St. Gregory the Great, which is the highest honor that the Pope can bestow upon laypeople.