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The National Legal Foundation wins unusual Supreme Court victory on behalf of Pro-life client:

Read our Press Release about this wonderful victory here.  Read the Supreme Court’s opinion here.  You can also read the Petition and Reply that we filed in our Lefemine v. Wideman case.


After this incredible victory, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fourth Circuit, to examine whether a narrow exception to a general rule would keep us from receiving attorney's fees. These fees are an INCREDIBLY important tool to hit rogue law enforcement agencies in the pocket book and teach them that they cannot trample the rights of Christians and others. The Fourth Circuit simply sent the case back to the trial court, and asked it to decide that issue.


UNBELIEVABLY, the trial court ruled against us. So we had to appeal AGAIN to the Fourth Circuit. This time, the Fourth Circuit ruled in our favor, instructing the district court to allow us to file a motion for fees! (Read the court's opinion here.) And FINALLY the district court awarded us over $197,000 in fees and costs. This award will send a message to law enforcement officers across the country that when they trample on the rights of pro-life protestors, there will be consequences! The court's Opinion & Order are here.



The state of North Carolina wanted to issue a "Choose Life" license plate, but not a pro-abortion, "Respect Choice" license plate. So, of course, the ACLU sued North Carolina. After a trip to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, North Carolina won the right to issue only a pro-life plate when the case returned to the Fourth Circuit. Read our Brief in the case here.


The town of Gilbert, AZ enacted an ordinance regulating the location and size of signs, just like cities and towns across America have. The only problem is, the ordinance discriminates against churches. When a local church objected, the town dug in, and the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court! We helped the church win a unanimous victory with this friend-of-the-court brief, explaining many of the ways the ordinance violates the Constitution.


American Atheists attacked the World Trade Center cross (the famous 9/11 cross). They wanted it excluded from the 9/11 Museum or they wanted to be able to add atheist symbols to the Museum. We filed this brief to argue why the cross should stay . . . without adding anything. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed, and the cross remains in the Museum!


Praise the Lord! The so-called contraceptive mandate in ObamaCarewhich is actually and abortion mandatehas been struck down by the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case! Read our brief here. (Also available in the right-hand column, under "Recent Briefs," as are many of our other briefs filed against this outrage in many different courts of appeal).





Welcome to the National Legal Foundation! 

The NLF is a Christian public interest law firm dedicated to the preservation of America's freedom and constitutional rights. Since the organization was founded in 1985, we have been actively involved in defending religious liberty throughout the courtrooms of the United States. Our efforts, however, do not stop at the courtroom door. 

Our goal is to make the American people aware of the law's personal impact. The erosion of our religious freedom is real. If our leaders and citizens in communities across America are not aware of the danger, they will be ill-prepared to respond when their rights are violated. It is this lack of readiness that the National Legal Foundation seeks to remedy.


April 21, 2016—Trinity Lutheran Church v. PauleyWe just filed this brief in an incredibly important Supreme Court case. If this case is decided the wrong way, churches could be denied such basic government services such as a police and fire protection. We explained why this must not happen!

February 2, 2016—Whole Woman's Health v. HellerstedtAbortionists in Texas are trying to stop regulations that simply make abortions safer. They claim that these regulations are designed to harm and punish women. Our Supreme Court brief explains that one can be pro-life, but also be concerned for the health of women who feel compelled to seek abortions.

January 11, 2016—Zubik v. Burwell (and consolidated cases)The Supreme Court accepted all 7 cases involving Obamacare's so-called Contraceptive Mandate (really an abortion mandate). Read our brief filed for our friends at Concerned Women for America in all 7 cases, explaining why it is wrong to make Christian organizationswhich include Christian women who have dedicated their lives to education, charity, and servicepay for other women's abortion-producing drugs.

See below for more briefs filed in abortion mandate cases.

The Supreme Court has now declared that the states must allow same-sex marriage. However, we fought against this outcome to the very end. Here are just the last 3 briefs we filed in our 25-year-long battle on this issue.

Obergefell v. Hodges (April 3, 2015)

Brenner v. Armstrong (November 21, 2014)

Kitchen v. Herbert (September 4, 2014)

The Obamacare abortion mandate: We have filed briefs in support of Christian business owners and organizations all across the United States who are fighting back against these federal regulations that force them to fund other people's abortions in violation of their consciences. Read our briefs in these cases by clicking below.

Reaching Souls, Inc. v. Sebelius (May 27, 2014)

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius (March 3, 2014)

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius at the U.S. Supreme Court (January 28, 2014)

Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius (March 22, 2013)

Annex Medical v. Sebelius (March 14, 2013)

Liberty University v. Geithner (March 6, 2013)

Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (February 19, 2013)

Korte v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (February 4, 2013)

O’Brien v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (November 20, 2012)





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