Concern about the coronavirus may have resulted in some courthouses closing down or limiting staff. Still, this is not stopping law firms from doing what they can to defend the constitutional rights of individuals and churches.
"We have every belief and hope that we're going to come out of this present crisis stronger than ever," says Jeremy Tedesco, vice president of U.S. advocacy at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). "The reality is we're still going to have to defend our precious First Amendment freedoms while this crisis is going on – and afterwards as well."
The attorney explains that churches are among the clients that ADF has at the moment.
"We are continuing to work even now to help churches respond to this crisis, to serve their communities, and to understand the best way to engage right now in this moment and use the religious freedoms that we have … to reach out to their communities, to reach out to people who are suffering, who are fearful in the midst of this crisis and find a way to cope and overcome," Tedesco continues.
"It's really been exciting for us to have internal conversations about how do we meet this need right now while we continue to do our important work defending religious freedom."
In conclusion, Tedesco states that despite the nationwide health crisis, all the activities that ADF is involved with on a daily basis – such as litigation and legislative efforts – continue to go on. "There are courts that are still open [and] there are things that are still happening," he adds.