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Abigail A. Southerland

Abigail Southerland serves as Senior Litigation Counsel with the ACLJ. She specializes in First Amendment litigation and represents clients across the country in both state and federal courts, from complaint through trial and appeal. Abigail obtained a key victory for religious employers in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She presented oral argument before the court, securing the first decision issued by a U.S. court of appeals since the Supreme Court’s decision in Hosanna-Tabor, that a religious organization’s right to choose its ministers and spiritual leaders free from federal and state government interference – a protection known as the ministerial exception – is a limitation imposed on the government that cannot be waived. Abigail represents a variety of clients including private individuals, non-profit organizations, school boards and local government bodies. Abigail is a 2007 graduate of Regent University School of Law where she served as Managing Editor of the Regent Journal of International Law and authored a note published in the journal addressing the conflict between First Amendment freedoms and antidiscrimination laws.

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Holding the DOJ Accountable for the Cover-Up

By Abigail A. Southerland1512577819130

We won’t allow the DOJ deep state to deceive the American public about Obama-era corruption. This week, the ACLJ filed a motion for summary judgment in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning our request seeking records relating to former...

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ACLJ Takes on IRS Abuse in Court

By Abigail A. Southerland1460669265306

Today, the ACLJ presented oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in one of the largest lawsuits against the IRS for the targeting and discrimination against conservative non-profit organizations. Representing thirty-eight conservative grass roots organizations, the ACLJ opened its...

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Appeal in IRS Targeting Case to Be Heard

By Abigail A. Southerland1458148470169

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in our IRS targeting scandal case for April 14, 2016 – just one day before what is traditionally known as Tax Day. As millions of Americans prepare to file their individual income tax returns with the IRS, the ACLJ will present oral...

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IRS Forced to Turn Over Key Docs

By Abigail A. Southerland1436380842998

In a major step in the right direction, the ACLJ, in one of our two lawsuits against the IRS, has forced the IRS to turn over previously withheld documents to a federal judge. On July 1, 2015, the IRS complied with a court order requiring it to turn over key documents in ACLJ’s ongoing FOIA lawsuit...

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