Jim Campbell serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is director of the Center for Cultural Engagement and Scholarship.
Since joining ADF in 2007, Campbell has worked on many issues, including defending freedom of conscience and religious freedom. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, he is defending cake artist Jack Phillips, who was sued for declining to design a custom wedding cake for a same-sex marriage celebration. Similarly, in Hands On Originals v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, he is arguing for the freedom of a Kentucky promotional printer to decline to create shirts expressing messages that conflict with his faith.
In addition, in Neely v. Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, Campbell defended a judge facing removal from office simply because she told a reporter that her faith prevented her from performing same-sex marriages. The state supreme court rejected the government’s removal recommendation because removal would have ‘unnecessarily circumscribe[d] protected expression’ and thus violated the Constitution.
Numerous media outlets have published Campbell’s articles and commentary including USA Today, The Washington Post, National Review, The Daily Signal, and The Federalist.
Campbell earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2006. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Campbell is admitted to the state bars of Ohio and Arizona. He is also admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.