Alan E. Sears is the president, CEO, and general counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). Since ADF’s inception in 1994, he has coordinated the strategy, training, funding, and litigation initiatives dealing with freedom of religion, abortion, marriage, and the composition of families.
Sears was a federal prosecutor and served in the US Justice Department and Interior Departments under Ronald Reagan. With Craig Osten, he co-wrote The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values . . .
. . .and The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom. He is also a columnist with Townhall.com. 
In November 2009, Sears signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.
President, CEO, and General Counsel
Alan Sears has served as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom since its founding in 1993. He leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts of this alliance-building legal ministry that brings together thousands of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family in America and around the world.
Alan Sears serves as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
Alan Sears leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts that have resulted in various roles in 38 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court . . .
. . . and wins in eight of every 10 cases litigated to conclusion.
Under his leadership, Alliance Defending Freedom has funded nearly 2,400 grants and legal projects for Allied Attorneys and organizations,
. . . and has equipped more than 1,600 Christian attorneys and 1,000 law students to defend religious liberty at its world-class training programs.
Sears earned his Juris Doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
While serving in numerous positions within the government, 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.
Sears was also appointed as the director of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography and served as associate solicitor with the Department of the Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.
Practicing law for three decades, Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia (inactive), and Kentucky bar associations.
He has helped fashion the language for numerous state and federal laws and has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures, and many local governments and commissions.
Legislators in 20 states have adopted his legislative recommendations. Sears has assisted legislators and law enforcement officials from many countries and has spoken before committees of the British Parliament.
Sears' numerous media appearances include television interviews and features on The Today Show, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, and The Lou Dobbs Show. He has also been a radio guest on various programs, including The Laura Ingraham Show, National Public Radio, and The Dennis Prager Radio Show.
Sears has been extensively covered in national print media, including the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Arizona Republic, and the National Catholic Register.
He is a regular opinion contributor to Townhall.com and has co-authored several books:
• Sears, Alan; Craig Osten (2003). The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today. B&H Books. ISBN 978-0-8054-2698-4.
• Sears, Alan; Craig Osten (2005). The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values. 978-0805440454.
1. ^ Townhall.com, Accessed December 26, 2007
2. ^ Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience
• Alliance Defense Fund's Biography for Alan Sears
• The ACLU Never Forgets Its Pro-Communist Roots by Alan Sears
• WorldNetDaily.com, August 25, 2005, "Alan Sears joins WND columnist lineup: Defender of liberty, former federal prosecutor to write weekly column"