Alan Sears

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Alan E. Sears, Esq., is President, Chief Executive Officer, and General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).

"Sears was a culture-war veteran, having served as executive director of Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on Pornography during the Reagan Administration. ... Sears believed the fundamentalist right needed to get serious after years of liberal court victories: 'They hit and they hit and they hit, and finally we're defending.' Sears claims that the ultimate goal of the gay-rights movement is to 'silence' Christians."—Southern Poverty Law Center, 2005. [1]


According to his ADF profile, Sears "has led the strategy, training, funding, and litigation initiatives in the legal battle to defend and protect religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage and the family," since ADF's inception in 1994.

"Previously, Alan held numerous positions with the United States Government including the Department of Justice, under Attorneys General William French Smith and Ed Meese III, as an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of Criminal Section; as Director of the Attorney General’s commission on Pornography; and the Department of Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel as an Associate Solicitor, with other not for profit public interest legal organizations, and in the private practice of law.

"As a federal prosecutor, Alan was responsible for running regional and national task forces, prosecuted hundreds of complex federal crimes, and argued 22 cases before the federal court of appeals (with only one loss).

"Alan also wrote state and federal laws, testified before the committees of the U.S. House and Senate, and before 22 state legislatures. Twenty states adopted his recommendations. He has spoken before committees of the British Parliament and at the Vatican, as well as training hundreds of law enforcement officials from Australia to Scotland Yard.

"As a result of his impressive record, the liberal American Bar Association’s magazine, Barrister, once recognized him as one of the outstanding young lawyers in America.

"Alan has appeared on more than one thousand radio and television programs, including ABC’s 20/20 and Nightline, Fox's O'Reilly Factor, NBC’s Today, and media outlets such as CNN, PBS, and CBS News. He has also been featured on Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family program more than 25 times. He is the co-author of The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today with Craig Osten, published by Broadman and Holman in June 2003, co-author of The ACLU vs. America with Craig Osten, published by Broadman and Holman in 2005, and has written numerous other publications," his profile states. [2]

Sears is a "graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a Juris Doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law," and "a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, and Kentucky Bar Associations." [3]