Published On: Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014

Life Legal Defense Foundation celebrates 25 years of ‘defending life’

photo Kabilan Subramanian

photo Kabilan Subramanian

Life Legal Defense Foundation may be a small nonprofit law firm headquartered in the Napa Valley, but its attorneys are making a huge impact across the country. Having adopted a David vs. Goliath approach, this female legal group is taking the part of the “little guy” against the giants that establish policies endangering life, liberty, and due process. This month, the organization marks 25 years of providing a trained and committed defense of pro-life advocates, sending attorneys into courtrooms from Florida to California.

Details on the Life Legal Defense Foundation 25th anniversary celebration September 27 in San Francisco are available here

Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, notes that the group has been involved in highly publicized cases, including Terri Schiavo and Jahi McMath end-of-life decisions and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent abortion-related rulings in favor of Hobby Lobby and pro-life sidewalk counselor Eleanor McCullen.

“We don’t shy away from the headlines,” explained Cody, “but Life Legal Defense Foundation is about defending the ‘little guys.’”  The everyday activity of Cody’s team involves hundreds of cases which are not reported in the media, but which raise vital issues of freedom and liberty, including:

  • State Board of Health v. All Women’s, Inc. Supported Alabama in shutting down an illegal abortion clinic in Birmingham
  • Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus Fought for the right to tell the truth about candidate life-issue voting records
  • Pro-Life Mississippi et al v. Horton et alHeld Jackson, Mississippi police accountable for routine harassment of pro-life citizens
  • People v. Mireille Miller-YoungStood up for pro-life students attacked by University of California Santa Barbara professor

Another one of the “little guys,” Rev. Walter B. Hoye II, was arrested for standing on the sidewalk outside of an abortion clinic, with a sign offering help to women entering the clinic. “At a time when my civil liberties were being threatened and I could not afford legal assistance, the Life Legal Defense Foundation graciously, expertly and successfully defended my constitutional right to the freedom of religious expression,” he explained.

A trio of in-house attorneys, Legal Director Catherine Short, Senior Staff Counsel Allison Aranda, and Staff Counsel Rebekah Millard, hold down the west coast operations, while Cody works with those on eastern seaboard. Lawyers in California, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, and Oregon serve on the firm’s Board of Directors and the Advisory Board incorporates barristers and scholars from Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and eight major west coast metropolises.

Life Legal Defense Foundation does not charge its clients for legal services.  It is a donor supported organization that relies on a network of volunteer attorneys and the financial gifts of like-minded benefactors.

Learn more about the court cases Life Legal Defense Foundation has been involved in here

Details on the Life Legal Defense Foundation 25thanniversary celebration September 27 in San Francisco are available here

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