Robertson Center for Constitutional Law Celebrates Religious Liberty Victory in Groff v. DeJoy
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 29, 2023) – The Robertson Center for Constitutional Law celebrates today’s United States Supreme Court ruling in Groff v. DeJoy. This marks the third consecutive U.S. Supreme Court term in which the Robertson Center has filed a brief in support of the prevailing party.
In February 2023, the Robertson Center and attorneys from McGuireWoods filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the petitioner, postal carrier Gerald Groff. Mr. Groff, an evangelical Christian, was forced to resign from his job after the United States Postal Service refused to accommodate his Sunday Sabbath observance. The Robertson Center’s brief presented the Center’s original research showing that a ruling in favor of Mr. Groff would benefit working-class religious Americans. The Robertson Center’s research was also published by the George Mason Law Review Forum and can be found here.
“Today’s ruling is great news for all Americans of faith. But as our research shows, those in the working class will benefit most. We were honored to play a small part in correcting a great injustice,” said Brad Lingo, dean of Regent University School of Law and executive director of the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law. “It was an amazing experience to research and present our findings directly to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Alex Touchet, a 2022 Regent Law graduate and fellow at the Robertson Center.
About the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law
The Robertson Center for Constitutional Law is an academic center within the Regent University School of Law. Established in 2020, the Robertson Center pairs advocacy and scholarship to advance first principles in constitutional law, including originalism, separation of powers, and religious liberty. The Robertson Center has represented former members of Congress, Christian ministries, and others in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts.
About Regent University
Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university, with more than 13,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University has been ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (Study.com, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for 11 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2023).