Alan Sears serves as President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Since the launch of ADF in 1994, Sears has provided strategic leadership in the training of 1,889 lawyers from 45 countries through the one-of-a-kind Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, which is designed to equip attorneys to more effectively defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage and family. These attorneys have reported more than $198 million in pro-bono/dedicated time.
Sears earned his Juris Doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush Administrations, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section. Sears was appointed as Director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and served as Associate Solicitor with the Department of Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.