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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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After Lying, FBI to Search “Central Records System”

By Abigail A. Southerland1524232800000

After telling us it found no records responsive to our request (something we later found out was a lie ), and then telling us that it found only a few documents (documents that implicated the DOJ in its own lie ), the FBI has now told a federal court that, for the first time in this case, it is...

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Victory: Church to Continue Ministering to Needy

By Abigail A. Southerland1516311628759

This week, the ACLJ secured another victory for a church experiencing difficulties in the zoning process. Several weeks ago, Soul Food Café Mission, Inc. (SFCM), a faith-based religious organization, contacted the ACLJ regarding difficulties it was experiencing in obtaining the appropriate zoning...

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ACLJ Defended Ederly Christian Woman and Won

By Abigail A. Southerland1513180800000

Imagine you live in an apartment complex. You are surrounded by tenants who have door decorations displayed for the holidays and you have chosen to display a Bible verse on your front door. As far as you know, you may be one of the only residents in the complex who is a Christian. You then receive...

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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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