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Religious-liberty litigants have won 18 of their past 19 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, 14 of them unanimously or by supermajority vote. But a number of those decisions have been on narrow legal grounds and have not resolved the continuing tension between secular culture and those trying to live their faith in the public square. Join us as John Bursch discusses where we’ve been and where we might be going when it comes to America’s “first freedom”: religious liberty.

A free livestream of this lecture will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on October 28th for those who cannot attend in person. 

John Bursch
John Bursch
Alliance Defending Freedom

Vice President of Appellate Advocacy

John Bursch is Vice President of Appellate Advocacy for Alliance Defending Freedom, the world’s largest public-interest law firm defending religious liberty, free speech, and the right to life. He is also the founder and owner of Bursch Law PLLC, a Supreme Court and appellate boutique.

John has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases and 35 state supreme court cases. The matters he argues frequently involve the most pressing social issues of the day. A recent study concluded that among all frequent Supreme Court advocates who did not work for the federal government, he had the 3rd highest success rate for persuading justices to adopt his legal position.

Bursch served as solicitor general for the State of Michigan from 2011-2013. He was inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and serves as a member of the American Law Institute. His work has resulted in repeated listings in Michigan Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He is also the principal author of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Guide for Counsel.

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Acton Institute
98 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch.)

Event livestream is free.


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