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Zach Martin is the current Chairman of the Liberty University College Republicans and President of the student chapter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation. Zach is a passionate defender of conservative values. Under his leadership, the College Republicans at Liberty University grew from 6 students in the fall of 2010 to over 300 volunteers today. He has worked tirelessly for the campaigns of Governor Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Lt. Gov Bill Bolling, Congressman Robert Hurt, and Delegate Scott Garrett, along with several other campaigns since 2004. As a student at Liberty University studying Politics and Policy, and Business Management, he has helped the university reach its goal of registering thousands of students to vote. Active from a young age, Zach worked with his parents on Republican campaigns in Texas and identified that his life passion and goals were intrinsically entwined with promoting, furthering, and protecting the heritage of our great country.

Mary E. McAlister, J.D. Esq., is Senior Litigation Counsel for Liberty Counsel. Mary focuses her practice on appellate practice, free speech, traditional family values, pro-life, and religious liberty constitutional law. In her practice, Mary has filed, briefed, and argued numerous trial and appellate cases on constitutional issues throughout the United States. Mary was a litigation attorney in California for 14 years before joining Liberty Counsel in August 2004. Mary graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in May 1990 and graduated summa cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1982 with a B.S. in Journalism.

Ryan Messmore, D.Phil. candidate, is a fellow in religion and a free society at The Heritage Foundation. His research and writing examines how religious commitments are brought to bear on political life to improve public discourse and strengthen civil society. Messmore’s commentary and analysis have appeared in major newspapers such as The Washington Times and The Raleigh News and Observer, online venues such as and, and in national magazines such as First Things, Comment, and WORLD. He served as lead writer of a six-part, DVD-based curriculum designed for small groups, “Seek Social Justice: Transforming Lives in Need.” Before joining Heritage in 2006, Messmore was founding director of Trinity Forum Academy in Royal Oak, Md. The program, which he designed and had overseen since 2001, offers recent college graduates a nine-month residential program of advanced course work in theology and cultural engagement. Messmore received his bachelor’s degree in public policy and religion from Duke University. He holds master’s degrees in theology and Christian ethics from Duke Divinity School and Cambridge University. He received his doctorate in political theology in 2011 from Oxford University.

Matt Mihelic is currently in his first year at the Liberty University School of Law.  In May 2010 he graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and was the recipient of the Jesse Helm’s Award.  In his senior year, Matt served at President of Liberty University’s Student Body.  At Liberty he lead students in campus-wide voting initiatives which were deciding factors in a state and local elections.  He is a member of the Student Speaker Bureau for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as well as the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.  In addition to leading college Bible studies at his church, he has travelled throughout the world as a Christian missionary and has lead students on tour through Israel.   

Cleta Mitchell, J. D. Esq. is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm's Political Law Practice. With more than 30 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, Ms. Mitchell represents a wide variety of organizations, business entities, candidates, campaigns, elected officials, political party committees, and individuals. She is an expert on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. Ms. Mitchell practices before the Federal Election Commission, the ethics committees of the US House and Senate and similar state and local enforcement bodies and agencies. She serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association, is Chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, and is President of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Ms. Mitchell has extensive experience on the federal lobbying and ethics law enacted by Congress in 2007, as well as expertise regarding the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision on the use of corporate funds in political campaigns. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell authored The Lobbying Compliance Handbook, published by Columbia Book, Inc. Ms. Mitchell was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 edition for her work on administrative law. She was also named a “Top Lawyer” in Washington, DC by the Washingtonian for her work in political and campaign law. For her work in government and political law, she is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2010).

Penny Nance is the CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with over 500,000 members. Prior to becoming CEO of CWA, Mrs. Nance most recently served as President of Nance and Associates and as Special Advisor for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she advised the Chairman and the Commissioners on media and social issues. In this capacity, she served as a liaison and provided outreach to Congress, public interest groups, and industry. Mrs. Nance's key responsibilities centered on the protection of children, including broadcast indecency and the media task force on childhood obesity. Before joining the FCC, Mrs. Nance was founder and president of the Kids First Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on educating Capitol Hill, the media, and the public on a variety of issues related to children. Mrs. Nance has been quoted and featured on the topic of social issues and politics in print media, including the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and others. She has appeared on Fox News, Sean Hannity’s America, the John Stossel show, C-Span, Lehrer News Hour, MSNBC, CNN and many network affiliates. Mrs. Nance worked for five years as Legislative Director for Concerned Women for America. She has also consulted for other nonprofit organizations, including Prison Fellowship Ministries and the Center for Reclaiming America. She served on the Capitol Hill Staff of Congressman Pat Swindall (R-Georgia).

Rev. Dean Nelson joined Care Net in 2010 as Vice President of Underserved Outreach. In this position, he leads Care Net’s nationwide efforts to equip and train urban leaders and churches in the development of pregnancy centers in underserved communities. He is an executive leader with over twenty years of experience in ministry and over ten years in political activism on local, state. and national levels. Dean has previously served as the executive director for the Network of Politically Active Christians (NPAC) and as vice chairman for the Frederick Douglass Foundation (FDF). Under his leadership, both organizations informed thousands of faith leaders about relevant political developments and trained hundreds in Biblical worldview and public policy. In addition, he recruited and equipped pro-life Christian minorities to run for office on the local, state, and national levels. With his wealth of experience in grassroots coalition building, Dean has served as a consultant to ministries and conservative organizations like the Family Research Council, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, TeenPact, Georgia Right to Life, and the Family Foundation of Virginia for many years. He has coordinated initiatives in multiple states to build coalitions between black and white Christians for the pro-life cause. Dean is a sought after speaker for churches, media outlets and other organizations, giving frequent interviews on ABC and NBC affiliate networks in the Washington, DC area and has also appeared on the 700 Club, CBN News, and MSNBC. He also is a frequent guest on Christian radio programs including the Bott Radio Network and American Family Radio. He is the author of 21st Century Youth and numerous columns and articles. Dean is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he majored in Rhetoric and Communication. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Providence Foundation, the Virginia Christian Alliance, and the Frederick Douglass Foundation. He is a graduate of Acton University, the Coverdell Leadership Institute, and the United Way VIP Board Training Program. Rev. Nelson is a licensed minister from Salem Baptist Church and an ordained pastor with Wellington Boone Ministries. 

Grover Norquist became one of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists, more than 20 years ago. A native of Massachusetts, he holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. A graduate of Morton Blackwell’s training, Mr. Norquist frequently teaches at Leadership Institute schools. In his spare time, Mr. Norquist serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America and as the president of the American Society of Competitiveness. He also serves as a contributing editor to the American Spectator magazine. His book Rock the House, an analysis of the 1994 elections, was translated and published in Japanese. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Mr. Norquist is “The person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America. He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history.” “Grover Norquist is Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupçon of Madame Defarge” said P. J. O’Rourke. John Fund of the Wall Street Journal has called Mr. Norquist, “The Grand Central Station of the conservative movement.”

Marc Nuttle is an attorney, based in Norman, Oklahoma, who represents corporations, business projects and political entities nationally and internationally.  He is managing partner of Oklahoma Sovereign Development, LLC (OSD), an Oklahoma based industrial development company.  OSD has members and advisors internationally from Great Britain, China, Eastern Europe and, in the United States, from Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, DC, and Oklahoma City.  OSD specializes in research, investment, development and operations of international trade, manufacturing and distribution opportunities.  He is  also the author of the recently published book Moment of Truth:  How Our Government’s Addiction to Spending & Power Will Destroy Everything That Makes America Great.

Dan Pennell serves as a Technology Consultant to the Freedom Federation, Military Culture Coalition, and is also a member of various coalition leadership counsels and coalitions based out of Washington D.C. His company, WMtek, works with some of the largest missions organizations in the world including Wycliffe, The Navigators, Word of Life and many others. He has 15 years of experience in Consulting, Marketing, Technology and Public Speaking. He is currently the CEO of WMtek Corp, spending the majority of his time consulting with Christian non-profit ministries. Dan serves, on a lay capacity, as the Director of Christian Education at the Alliance Church of Ft. Pierce where he and his wife have been members for the past 20 years. Dan also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and as the Director of Remote Island Ministries, a short-term missions effort that has grown out of the church ministry. 

Morgan Perry studied film and photography in nearly 30 nations on every continent while pursuing her degree in Mass Media from the University of the Nations. Her classroom became the front lines for journalistic media, including the San Tribe of Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and the center of turmoil in the West Bank, Palestine.  In 2006 she spent time living near the red light district in Thailand, where she became close friends with a few young prostitutes. Seeing these young women and children left for dead sparked an irrevocable passion in Morgan’s soul to fight sex slavery. Towards the end of her degree with the University of the Nations she helped produce a book about international sex trafficking called,  Sex+Money: A Global Search for Human Worth and while researching to write this book she discovered that sex trafficking exists right here in the United States. After this discovery she became the Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary, Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth, which is the first documentary about child sex slavery in America and the modern-day abolitionist movement that is fighting to stop it. The goal is that the Sex+Money documentary will result in bringing freedom to those enslaved.

Tim Phillips is president of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has enjoyed rapid growth, going from nine state chapters in January of 2006 to 32 state chapters and affiliates today, with more than 1.7 million grassroots activists in 50 states, who are fighting for free-market principles at the state, national, and local levels. During 2010, AFP held over 500 “November is Coming,”  “Regulation Reality Tour,” and “Spending Revolt” bus rallies and town-hall meetings as part of their effort to educate and bring awareness nationwide about the out-of-control government spending. Throughout 2009, AFP executed over 300 "Hands Off My Health Care” events as part of their effort to defeat the health care takeover. AFP's "Cost of Hot Air" tours have executed 82 events as part of a national effort to defeat cap-and-trade legislation. Tim is a veteran political strategist and one of the nation’s premier grassroots organizers with 25 years of experience, including presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races, as well as, state legislative, local and issue-advocacy campaigns. In 1992, Tim managed U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) first congressional campaign and later served as Rep. Goodlatte’s chief of staff on Capitol Hill for four years. In 1997, Tim helped found Century Strategies, one of the nation’s leading public affairs, political consulting and public relations firms. He was named a "Rising Star in Politics" in 1998 by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Tim and his wife, Julia, have been married for 26 years, and are the proud parents of four children.

Janet (Folger) Porter is the founder and president of Faith2Action - created to WIN the cultural war by working together with the most effective organizations on the side of faith and family. She hosted a live daily radio program, Faith2Action with Janet Porter, from March 2003 until May 2009.  She has a 60-second daily commentary that is heard on about 200 stations. Janet has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Evening News, 20/20, and Nightline, CBS This Morning, FOX News including The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, The Big Story, Heartland, and Huckabee, MSNBC including Hardball with Chris Mathews, CNN, including Inside Politics and CNN Headline News, and the syndicated Extra among others. She has debated Planned Parenthood president, Gloria Feldt, National Organization of Women (NOW) president, Kim Gandy, former NOW president, Patricia Ireland, Jack Kevorkian, as well as spokespeople from the ACLU, The Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, GLSEN, and Atheist Organizations. Janet has also appeared on hundreds of radio programs, including multiple appearances on Focus on the Family, USA Radio Network News, SRN News, Family News In Focus, as well as programs hosted by: Colonel Oliver North, Alan Keyes, Pat Buchanan, Janet Parshall, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. She has authored the book, True to Life, :30 Seconds to Common Sense, What's a Girl to Do? While Waiting for Mr. Right (2004), The Criminalization of Christianity (2005), and Truth to Go (2008), that she co-wrote with F2A Communications Director Ross Conley.

Congressman Tom Price currently serves as the fifth ranking Republican in the House of Representatives as the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He was first elected to represent Georgia's Sixth District in 2004. Since then, Chairman Price has served as the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and proved himself as the quality source for Republican health care policy.  Chairman Price sits on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Budget Committee. He is dedicated to principled leadership and shows an unwavering commitment to policies that create private sector jobs. Price remains a fierce opponent of government waste and is devoted to limited government and lower spending.

Greg Quinlanis the President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), a non-profit organization providing outreach, education, and public awareness in support of families and the ex-gay community. As a former gay activist, Greg Quinlan promoted the homosexual agenda in Washington DC and his home state of Ohio for over 10 years. As a Registered Nurse, Greg witnessed over 100 of his friends and acquaintances lose their lives to AIDS. Greg departed from homosexuality in 1993 and has since shared his compelling testimony on the 700 Club, TBN, countless radio programs and has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and WorldNet Daily, to name only a few. Greg now boldly stands in the public square proclaiming, “Homosexuality doesn’t have to last a lifetime. Ex-Gays prove change is possible.” Greg has successfully debated a person’s right to self determination. Greg has also defended marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" in more than 18 states. Greg Quinlan now works with the New Jersey Family Policy Council to protect natural marriage. As a Board member of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), Greg presented a resolution to the shareholders of PepsiCo to bring accountability regarding their charitable donations to gay activist organizations that promote intolerance against the ex-gay community. Greg has also spoken before the Disney Board of Directors asking them to support a resolution to include ex-gays in the company’s mandatory sexual orientation diversity training for employees. Greg also provides teens with insight into this complex issue of sexual orientation that is not made available through the mainstream media or the culture at large. Both his contributions to the teen community and his experience leaving the homosexual way of life will dramatically impact those who hear his story!

Jamie Radtke is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012 in Virginia. Jamie is a principled conservative leader with a passion for fighting to maintain the Founders’ vision of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and virtue and accountability. Prior to declaring her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Jamie served as President of Richmond Tea Party and Chairwoman of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots, which the Wall Street Journal described as “the most advanced of any in the country.” Jamie holds a Bachelors degree in Government from Liberty University and a Masters of Public Policy from The College of William and Mary. Jamie has owned her own consulting business, and worked as an IT and business consultant, political and grassroots director, and as a staffer for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D. is author of the 2010 book, Sexual Sabotage, and is sought worldwide to lecture, testify and counsel individuals, organizations, professionals and governments on the sabotage of Judeo-Christian sexuality and society by Kinseyan “sexology” and “soft” pornography. In the former case she has exposed sexology as grounded in mass child sex crimes committed by Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his team at Indiana University, with his followers still leading, directing and shaping global human sexuality education and conduct. Dr. Reisman also has developed the study of “Erototoxins,” via Media Forensics, the scientific analysis of “erotic” images, cartoons, and illustrations in facilitating sexual harassment of women and children at work, in schools and homes. Her media forensic expertise has been successful in child custody cases, examining "pseudo-child" and "virtual-child" pornography, as well as in judicial and legislative decisions about fraudulent sex science, sex education and the way in which media images restructure human brain, mind, memory, and conduct by hijacking rationality. Dr Reisman is a consultant and president of the Institute for Media Education, Distinguished Senior Fellow, The Inter-American Institute, Scientific Adviser, California Protective Parents Association and Former Scientific Adviser to the The American Legislative Exchange Council’s Education Subcommittee on Junk Science. She is a regular commentator for WorldNetDaily and Salvo magazine and has authored several books. http:/

Jim Robb is Vice President, Operations, of NumbersUSA, an organization dedicated to eliminating illegal immigration and reducing overall immigration numbers toward U.S. historical norms. Jim has served with NumbersUSA since its founding in1996 and has played an integral role in NumbersUSA, consistently ranking as the most visited of all single-issue advocacy organizations on the Internet.  Earlier, Jim was founding editor of Bristol House, a publisher of conservative-leaning books and Sunday school curriculum for evangelical United Methodists. He also served as Executive Editor of Good News magazine, a publication for evangelical United Methodists.  Jim serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, based in Washington, an organization that works to oppose the Religious Left and to support democratic movements and religious freedom throughout the world. Last year, NumbersUSA processed more than 7 million faxes to the White House, Congress, and state legislatures that were sent by its members. 

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is named “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” by CNN. The Wall St. Journal has identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list. Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle described Samuel as one of the 6 Leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership. By God’s Grace, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez stands today as America’s voice for Hispanic Christianity. Samuel has been a featured speaker in White House and Congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues and Justice concerns currently serving in President Obama’s White House Task Force on Fatherhood. His non partisan commitment enables Sam to meet with both sides of the aisle while above all contextualizing the nexus of both Kingdom and Society.  Pastor Sam is the Current President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 30,621 member churches. Rodriguez leads an organization identified as the Hispanic faith leaders in support of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Education, Justice and Youth. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empower 21 and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. Rev. Rodriguez also serves on the advisory Board of the National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Pro Life initiatives with various coalitions. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of The Freedom Federation, The Oak Initiative and the General Superintendents’ Cabinet in the Assemblies of God. An award winning writer, Rodriguez writes and contributes to world recognized publications such as Ministries Today, Enrichment Journal, The Washington Post and Newsweek “On Faith” Panel, Outreach magazine, Vida Cristiana, Charisma, Christianity Today, Yale Reflections” and others. Featured, Profiled and  quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, FOXNEWS, Bill Moyers, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Univision, NY Times, The Wall St. Journal, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, Ministries Today, and others as the Preeminent Leading Voice for Hispanic Born Again Believers in America, Sam lives to Build the Kingdom of God, reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice.

Lila Rose is a pro-life, student activist at UCLA who has dedicated her life to building a culture of life and ending abortion.  At fifteen years old, Lila founded Live Action, which is now a growing nonprofit with several chapters in California. Live Action uses "new media" at both the community and national level to educate and mobilize youth, and to spread a pro-life message to the next generation. Live Action San Jose, for example, has reached thousands of local youth in schools and churches with the multi-media presentation, "The Truth About Abortion" and sponsors many youth oriented events. Live Action also conducts student-led investigations and releases the findings through Live Action Films, The Advocate (Live Action's quarterly student magazine), and other independent media. Lila has launched several successful undercover investigations exposing racism and sexual abuse cover-ups by Planned Parenthood.  Her brave work has revealed new evidence to build a strong case against the abortion industry and lobby.  During her freshman year at UCLA, Lila founded the student magazine The Advocate, for which she serves as Editor-in-Chief.  The Advocate approaches right-to-life issues from unconventional angles and publishes the results of Live Action Films' evocative student investigations and educational pieces.  The most recent issue was the first to expand its reach beyond UCLA, with students disseminating copies on over a dozen college campuses across the nation. Lila is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity's America, and The Laura Ingraham show. Numerous newspapers and blogs have also printed articles about her investigations, including the Wall Street Journal, Salon Magazine Online, The Washington Times and National Review. Her efforts have bought attention to human rights issues well beyond the students on the UCLA campus.

Pastor Rick Scarborough founded Vision America in 1998, whose mission is to “inform and mobilize Pastors and their congregations to become salt and light, becoming pro-active in restoring Judeo-Christian values in America.”  Dr. Scarborough's work has been featured in numerous articles and publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post.  He has also appeared on Larry King Live, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS Evening News and numerous other television and radio programs, including with Dr. James Dobson numerous times. Scarborough believes that the tenets of fundamentalist Christian morality apply to civic affairs. He was quoted on Christiane Amanpour's documentary series "God's Christian Warriors" on CNN as saying, "I'm not a Democrat, I'm not a Republican. I'm a Christocrat."

Tommy Sears has spent seventeen years in government affairs and lobbying, focusing principally on national security, energy, and information and high-technology issues. Sears has represented major defense contractors, energy providers, technology and research firms, universities, and international clients. He has served as a policy and legislative analyst for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and has represented Heckler & Koch in its defense and law enforcement manufacturing and supply operations, principally to DoD and the Department of Homeland Security. In his representation of these as well as non-Department of Defense clients, he has planned numerous events headlined by members of Congress, and on two separate occasions, by former Vice President Dick Cheney. A recent article in the Washington Post described Sears as “a veteran Republican operative.” He has been involved with numerous campaigns for public office at the local, state and federal level in Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, and Kentucky.He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CBN, Federal News Tonight, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Diane Rehm Show, The Michele Tafoya Show, and numerous other local radio programs across the country. He has contributed commentary/op-eds to National Review Online and the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

Ryan Sorba is currently serving as Chairman of the Young Conservatives of California (YCC). Prior to YCC Ryan served as the Chairman of the California Young Americans for Freedom as well as National Director of Membership and Campus Leadership for the DeVos Freedom Center at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. Ryan recruited 13,876 new members his first year at ISI -more than doubling the Institute's 55 year annual membership recruitment record. In 2009 Ryan participated in the now famous undercover ACORN investigation along with Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe. The investigation led John Boehner to introduce H.R. 3571, the Defund ACORN Act, which was eventually adopted as part of H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009. In February 2010, fresh off the ACORN investigation Ryan gave his famous CPAC 2010 Speech. During his speech Ryan condemned organizers for bringing the left-wing homosexual activist organization GOProud to the event. Ryan has given numerous lectures on college campuses nationwide on subjects such as The History of the Conservative Intellectual Movement Since 1945 and the subject of his forthcoming book The “Born Gay” Hoax, which he hopes will serve as a great asset to conservatives in the culture war.

Mathew D. Staver, Esq. is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and also serves as Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action. He has the highest AV rating given to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in Appellate Practice. Mr. Staver holds a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, a Juris Doctorate, Doctorate of Law and Doctorate of Divinity degrees. He has written ten books, most of which focus on constitutional law, including the most comprehensive book ever written on religious freedom called, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Rights. He has published hundreds of articles on constitutional law. Mr. Staver produces and hosts Law & Justice, a 30-minute weekly TV program discussing religious liberty issues, Faith & Freedom, a 15-minute daily radio program, and Freedom’s Call, a 90-second daily radio program. As a former pastor and one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys, he frequently appears as a guest on national network and cable TV and radio programs and also appears in several thousand print articles each year. Mr. Staver has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country and has more than 210 published legal court opinions. He has written numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court and has argued twice before the High Court as lead counsel.

Rick Tyler is the Founding Director for Renewing American Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and advancing American civilization by restoring Judeo-Christian heritage.  Rick has also assisted the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, where he has served as the Spokesperson.  Additionally, he has spoken about his political insights to many Republican groups, committees and state legislative caucuses. Rick has also been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at both the Institute for Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the Robert J. Dole Institute for Politics at the University of Kansas.

Eric Wallace, Ph.D and his wife publish the Freedom’s Journal Magazine: an online political magazine with a biblical worldview that targets, in particular, Black conservatives.  While president and CEO of Wallace Publishing and Computer Graphics, he published the Lamb’s Book, a Christian business directory, and the New Life Journal, a bimonthly magazine. He also served as editorial director for Urban Ministries, Inc. (UMI). He has also authored two books: Integrity of Faith, an autobiography, and Jesus on Trial, a new approach to interpreting the gospel of John.  He became the first African-American to receive a PhD in Biblical studies (emphasis in New Testament) from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and had already obtained two masters degrees (MA and Th.M.) in Biblical studies (emphasis in Old Testament). He has taught biblical studies courses at Germanna Community college in Virginia, Elmhurst College in Elmhurst IL and North Park University in Chicago. ( He’s served on the African American Advisory Board for the Republican National Committee, and as (former) Chairman of the African American Republican Council of Illinois. He also served as a member of the Outreach Advisory Board for the Illinois GOP. Dr. Wallace’s strong commitment to revitalizing conservative principles within the African-American constituency is coupled with his desire to fight to uphold our nation’s founding principles.

Joseph Weigand, Esq. was immersed in the world of politics, juggling extensive duties first as Director of Operations, and then as Vice President of Operations of a nationwide political research and telecommunications campaign firm based in the Washington, D.C. area , prior to his arrival at Liberty University School of Law in 2007, he. His many duties there included the management of roughly 300 political, governmental, and commercial clients; projects; personnel tasks; client counseling; research; and business operations such as budget management and vendor relations. He is a current member of The Federalist Society, Southern Association for College Student Affairs, Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce (Legislative Affairs Committee), Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Virginia, and the Association for Christians in Student Development.  He was also previously a member of the Council for National Policy.  Since 2008, Dean Wiegand has been involved in TeenPact Judicial as both a lecturer for Contracts and Moot Court Tournament Judge. Dean Wiegand is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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