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John W. Whitehead, JD Biography

Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board at the Rutherford Institute
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“Soundly criticized for allowing its left-leaning ideology to influence how the group deals with religious freedom issues, the ACLU’s track record at times seems to support its critics’ charges that at least when it comes to issues involving Christian expression in public, free speech concerns often seem to go by the wayside.”

John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute website (accessed Mar. 30, 2006)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, President, Chairman of the Board, The Rutherford Institute, 1982-present
  • Recipient, George Washington Honor Medal (Freedoms Foundation), 1997
  • Recipient, Hungarian Medal of Freedom, 1991
  • Recipient, Business and Professional Award by the Religious Heritage of America Foundation, 1990
  • Private law practice, Manassas, Virginia, 1979-1982
  • Gibbs & Craze law firm, Cleveland, Ohio, 1978-1979
  • Special Constitutional Consultant, Center for Law and Religious Freedom, The Christian Legal Society, Oak Park, Illinois, 1977-1978
  • Private law practice, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1974-1976
  • United States Army (First Lieutenant), Ft. Hood, Texas, 1969-1971
  • Member, The Constitution Project, Washington, DC
  • Advisory Board, Innocence Commission for Virginia
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Studied apologetics and theology, The Light and Power House, Westwood, California, 1976-1977
  • JD, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas1974
  • BA, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1969
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