Jay Alan Sekulow was brought into this world by God on June 10, 1956.
Jay Sekulow is an American attorney and Chief Counsel for the Christian Rights and Liberty group American Center for Law and Justice.
He also hosts a talk show, which airs on radio and television. Sekulow is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News Channel.
Sekulow was raised Jewish, but converted to Christianity in college and now considers himself a Messianic Jew.
Sekulow graduated cum laude from Mercer University, receiving both a bachelor's degree and a doctor of jurisprudence while serving as an editorial staff member of the Mercer Law Review.
He also received a Ph.D. from Regent University, authoring his dissertation on the subject of American Legal History.
As a young lawyer, Sekulow worked in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service as a tax trial attorney, bringing suits in the United States Tax Courton behalf of the United States Department of Treasury.In 1990, Sekulow became the director of The American Center for Law and Justice where he currently serves as Chief Counsel.
In addition to his duties as Chief Counsel for the ACLJ, Sekulow hosts Jay Sekulow Live!, a syndicated daily radio program that airs on nearly 850 stations nationwide, broadcast on terrestrial radio, as well as XM and Sirius. This live call-in program focuses on legal and legislative battles currently underway across America, occasionally featuring in-studio guests such as Jackie Mason and the late Chuck Colson.
Sekulow is the host of ACLJ This Week, a weekly television news program broadcast on TBN and Daystar.
Sekulow is speculated to have been one of the "Four Horsemen" who "engineered" the nomination of Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court.
In 2007, Sekulow endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
He has opposed the building of an Islamic center near the site of the World Trade Center.
Cases before the Supreme Court
Sekulow has argued in front of the United States Supreme Court multiple times throughout his career. The first was in 1987, involving Jews for Jesus and their clash with Los Angeles International Airport’s policy against free speech.
He has specialized in arguing key issues of the First Amendment, arguing with opponents such as current Chief Justice John Roberts, the Deputy Solicitor General at the time.
Case: Date: Argument: Result:
Board of Airport Commissioners v. Jews for Jesus1987 Arguing on behalf of Jews for Jesus, Sekulow argued that LAX’s policy banning all “First Amendment activities” violated the organization’s right to free speech.
Judgment for Jews for Jesus.
Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens1990 Sekulow argued on behalf of students who were denied their request to form a Bible and Prayer club at their school.
Judgment for the Students.
U.S. v. Kokinda.1990 Sekulow argued on behalf of two volunteers of the National Democratic Policy Committee who were arrested after refusing to leave the sidewalk near a post office.
Judgment for the United States
Lee v. ISKCON1992 Sekulow served as co-counsel, arguing on behalf of ISKCON against a regulation that prohibited distribution of literature in airport terminals.
Judgment for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic1993 Sekulow argued on behalf of anti-abortion activists who were originally found as violating a statute by conducting demonstrations at abortion clinics.
Judgment for the Activists.
Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches School District1993 In another case involving use of school property, Sekulow represented Lamb’s Chapel, and their right to show religious-oriented films in a school after-hours.
Judgment for the Church.
Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York1997 Sekulow argued on behalf of Schenck, challenging a District court ruling that provided for speech-free floating “bubble zones” surrounding abortion clinics.
Judgment for Schenck.
Hill v. Colorado2000 This case revolved around protesters’ rights to distribute literature in front of abortion clinics and a statute that barred them from approaching a non-consenting person. Sekulow, representing the protesters, argued that Colorado's “eight foot rule” was unconstitutional.
Judgment for Colorado.
Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe2000 Sekulow, representing the school district, argued that prayer, initiated and led by students at football games, did not violate the Establishment Clause.
Judgment for Doe.
McConnell v. FEC2003 In a highly publicized case, Sekulow, on behalf of a group of students including Emily Echols, argued that a portion of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 violated the First Amendment and was thus unconstitutional.
Judgment for Echols, et al.
Locke v. Davey2003 Sekulow, representing student Joshua Davey, argued that a statute excluding theology students from publicly fundedscholarships was unconstitutional.
Judgment for Locke.
Pleasant Grove City v. Summum2008 Sekulow, representing the city of Pleasant Grove, challenged a Tenth Circuit opinion allowing Summum to erect a monument alongside a Ten Commandments monument donated to the city by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Judgment for Pleasant Grove City.
In addition to his work as a Supreme Court advocate, Sekulow, as lead counsel of the ACLJ, has submitted several amicus briefs in support of conservative issues.
He has submitted amicus briefs in landmark cases such as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Rasul v. Bush, Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, and Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation.
His amicus briefs for Van Orden v. Perry and Wisconsin Right to Life v. FECwere cited by Justices John Paul Stevens and John Roberts respectively.
Sekulow served as counsel to Robert and Mary Schindler during the controversy surrounding their daughter, Terri Schiavo.
While he is widely acknowledged as a member of the Christian Right, Sekulow’s amicus brief in Morse v. Frederick was in support of the ACLU’s position; he argued that schools banning “offensive” speech would also be able to prohibit religious speech with which the administrators disagree.
Sekulow again argued before the Supreme Court on November 12, 2008 in Pleasant Grove City v Summum, case No.07-665. Sekulow represented the City in this case concerning government control overmonuments and memorials in government-owned public places.
On Feb. 24th the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the City's favor. On March 2, 2009, the Supreme Court issued a summary disposition in the companion case of Summum v Duchesne City.
The Court was again unanimous, vacating the 10th Circuit opinion and remanding the case for an opinion consistent with Pleasant Grove City v Summum.
Awards and Accomplishments
Sekulow has been honored numerous times throughout his career. In 1994, he was named to the National Law Journal’s Power List, which highlights some of the most prolific attorneys in America.
In 1997, he was named to the American Lawyer’s Public Sector 45, a list dedicated to legal public servants who have made the most impact in their respective fields. Following this accolade, the National Law Journal placed Dr. Sekulow in their highly coveted 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America list.
Most recently, Legal Times profiled him as one of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 years, solidifying his place as one of the most renowned legal professionals in the United States today.
In November 2005, Legal Times published an article in which it was alleged that Sekulow "through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year . . .
. . . and supports a lavish lifestyle—complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia."
The article quotes a number of former donors and supporters (none identified by name) who claim that Sekulow has engaged in a pattern of self-dealing to finance his "high-flying lifestyle."
And, according to a ranking by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a charity watchdog group, Sekulow is the 13th-highest-paid executive of a charitable organization in the United States if the given figure for his salary is accurate.
Jay Sekulow was born in Brooklyn, New York. Sekulow and his wife Pamela, who have been married since 1978 and have two adult sons, Jordan and Logan.
Jordan is an attorney with the ACLJ and Director of International Operations. He also co-hosts the radio and television programming with his father. Logan oversees the ACLJ’s multi-media operations.
Sekulow was raised Jewish, but converted to Christianity in college and now considers himself a Messianic Jew.
Sekulow also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC.
1990: From Intimidation to Victory, Creation House
1993: Knowing Your Rights: Taking Back Our Religious Liberties
1996: And Nothing But the Truth
1997: Christian Rights in the Workplace, The American Center for Law and Justice
2000: The Christian, The Court, and The Constitution, The American Center for Law and Justice
2005: Witnessing Their Faith: Religious Influence on Supreme Court Justices and Their Opinions, Rowman & Littlefield
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15. ^ Van Orden v. Perry, 545 U.S. 677 (2005).
16. ^ Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC, 546 U.S. 410 (2006).
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American Center for Law & Justice Bio
"The Secrets of Jay Sekulow" Legal Times November 1, 2005
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