As religious freedom litigation has ballooned in the United States, especially over the last year, Stanford Law School has opened the nation’s first legal clinic devoted exclusively to religious freedom cases.

“It’s not needed because the United States is uniquely persecuting—it’s not,” said former U.S. Circuit Judge Michael McConnell, a professor at Stanford Law who argues many religious liberty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. “I believe we are the freest and most welcoming country in the world … but we still need to fight and to think and to litigate and protect.”

The legal clinic opens at one of the most prestigious law schools in the United States.

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