Mathew Staver

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Mathew D. Staver
Nationality United States of America
Education B.A. in Theology from Southern Missionary College
[1] M.A. in Religion from Andrews University
J.D. from the University of Kentucky
Occupation Constitutional Lawyer, Administrator,
Employer Liberty University School of Law; Liberty Counsel
Known for Dean of Liberty University School of Law
Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel
Title Dean of Liberty University School of Law, Director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy, Founder & Chairman of Liberty Counsel
Term Dean of Liberty University School of Law, 2006 – present;
President of Liberty Counsel, 1989-2006
Predecessor Dean of Liberty University School of Law, Bruce Green
Liberty University School of Law Biography

Mathew D. "Mat" Staver, J.D., is an American lawyer, and former Seventh-day Adventist pastor. He has been a founding member and Chairman of Liberty Counsel since 1989, and dean of Liberty University School of Law since 2006.


Staver received his B.A. in theology from Southern Missionary College, his M.A. in Religion from Andrews University, and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky. He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States twice and has argued before most of the federal courts of appeals.[2]

He authored nine books, including Faith and Freedom: A Complete Handbook for Defending Your Religious Rights, Religion and the Future of America; Religious Expression in Public Schools; Judicial Tyranny; Political Activity of Nonprofit Organizations, Union Membership and its Constitutional Implications, Take Back America, and Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk, to be released in September, 2004. He has also authored law review and journal articles on a variety of topics, including Disestablishmentarianism Collides With the First Amendment: The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson Still Haunts Churches, and Lifting the Veil: An Expose' on the American Bar Association's Arbitrary and Capricious Accreditation Process. Staver is a constitutional litigator and conducts hundreds of media interviews each year.[3]

In 2011 he was added to the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, which was started by Senator Grassley.[4]

Staver has been a frequent guest speaker at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Values Voter Summit In 2012 he was presented with the Champion of Justice award by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.[5]

Legal Cases[edit]

In 1994 Staver argued the Madsen v. Women's Health Center at the United States Supreme Court, representing individuals who fought a court order banning protesters from interfering those entering or exiting the clinic within a 36-foot buffer zone. The Court ultimately ruled 6-3 striking down 300-foot zone around people going in and out of the clinic and striking down the prohibition against images "observable" from inside the clinic.[6] The court upheld the 36-foot buffer zone.[7] An audio recording of the case was made by the Supreme Court.[8]

In 2012 Staver argued a case [9] at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia on behalf of Liberty University against the Affordable Care Act. On July 12, 2013, the Fourth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act over Liberty's arguments against the "employer mandate." [10]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Bruce Green
Dean of Liberty University School of Law
2006 – present
Succeeded by
Business positions
Preceded by
New position
Chairman of Liberty Counsel
Succeeded by