|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (May 2011)|
|Mathew D. Staver|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Education||B.A. in Theology from Southern Missionary College
 M.A. in Religion from Andrews University
J.D. from the University of Kentucky
|Known for||Former Dean of Liberty University School of Law
Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel
|Title||Director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy, Founder & Chairman of Liberty Counsel, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action.|
|Term||Dean of Liberty University School of Law, 2006 – 2014;
President of Liberty Counsel, 1989-2006
|Predecessor||Dean of Liberty University School of Law, Bruce Green|
Mathew D. "Mat" Staver, J.D., is an American lawyer and former Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) pastor who became a Southern Baptist. He is the founding member and Chairman of the Liberty Counsel law firm since 1989.
Personal life and career
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. During college he began a process which led him to later leave the SDA church and eventually attended a Southern Baptist church.
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. 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.
Staver served as Liberty University's law school dean from 2006 to 2014.
In 2011 he was added to the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, which was started by Senator Grassley.
Staver has been a frequent guest speaker at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. In 2012 he was presented with the Champion of Justice award by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
As of October 2015, Staver stated that 100,000 people gathered in Peru to support his client, Kim Davis, in support of her refusal to issue marriage licenses. The event in question has since been proven to have happened over a year ago and was unrelated to Davis. Liberty Counsel issued a press release afterwards stating that Staver relied on a member of the Peruvian Congress for the information on the rally.
In 1994 Staver argued the Madsen v. Women's Health Center, Inc. at the United States Supreme Court, representing individuals who fought a court order banning protesters from interfering with those entering or exiting the clinic within a 36-foot buffer zone. The Court ultimately ruled 6-3 striking down the 300-foot zone around people going in and out of the clinic and striking down the prohibition against images "observable" from inside the clinic. The court upheld the 36-foot buffer zone. An audio recording of the case was made by the Supreme Court.
In 2012 Staver argued a case 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."
- Biography: Point of View On-Air Line Up for Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- 'Truth with triumph': Matt Staver arguing possible landmark SCOTUS case on Ten Commandments, Free Republic, by Lynn Vincent, November 20, 2004
- God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields, by Peter H. Irons
- Darwin Was Right! Or Was He? Orlando Weekly, September 1, 2005
- Biography-Staver, Mathew D. Liberty University School of Law
- Author Bio - Christian Book Previews
- Dean Staver Appointed to Panel Regarding Religious and Nonprofit Groups
- Values Voter Summit
- NHCLC - April 24, 2012
- "Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- "Peruvian Prayer Meeting for Kim Davis Correction". www.lc.org. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
- 1994 article (PDF)
- Madsen v. Women's Health Center - Cornell University
- Madsen v. Women's Health Center, Inc. - Oral Argument, U.S. Supreme Court Media
- Appeals Court Hears Challenges
- Liberty University v. Lew (PDF)
- Kentucky Clerk's Request For A Stay Is Denied By US Supreme Court NPR
- About Liberty Counsel - includes biography of Mathew Staver
|Dean of Liberty University School of Law
2006 – 2014
|Chairman of Liberty Counsel