CAF attorneys have earned an almost 90 percent success rate in challenging violations of students’ First Amendment rights. Since its founding in 2006, the efforts of CAF’s incredible team of attorneys and staff have resulted in hundreds of American campuses being changed for the better.

These are the people fighting for the First Amendment rights of America’s public university students:


Casey Mattox, Director of Center for Academic Freedom

When Mattox first joined ADF in 2009, he participated in litigation and began to focus his work on protecting the rights of Christian students, faculty, and staff at public colleges and universities across the nation. In 2011, Mattox also joined the Center for Life where he has been active in defending the sanctity of life and holding the abortion industry accountable for its fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars.


Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel

Langhofer has a long history with ADF of represented college students and student organizations throughout the country in defending their freedom of speech, freedom of association, and free exercise of religion. In Young Americas’s Foundation v. Covino, he successfully represented YAF, Ben Shapiro, and California State University-Los Angeles students in a lawsuit against university administrators for violations of their First Amendment rights—when they allowed a mob of professors and students to physically block students from attending Shapiro’s scheduled speech on the campus.


Travis Barham, Legal Counsel

Since joining ADF in 2006, Barham has focused his legal efforts on preserving and reclaiming religious freedom and freedom of speech for students and faculty at universities throughout the country. His work has been instrumental in securing several strategic appellate court victories. For example, his cases have helped discourage public universities from discriminating against Christian and conservative professors, prevent religious student organizations from being denied equal access to student activity fee funding, and eliminating unconstitutional speech codes that restricted Christian and conservative students from speaking freely on campus.


Caleb Dalton, Legal Counsel

Since joining ADF in 2013, Dalton has engaged in cultural advocacy and litigation on behalf of government agencies and private individuals to affirm the value of marriage and the fundamental rights of free speech and free exercise of religion. In 2017, Dalton joined the Center for Academic Freedom where he represents clients seeking to speak freely on campus without fear of unconstitutional government censorship.


Blake Meadows

A former law clerk at Foster, Foster & Smith, LLC, Meadows joined ADF in the fall of 2017 to lend his legal experience to the cause of freedom on America's campuses. A graduate of Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in American Politics and Policy and the Emory University School of Law, Meadows has also worked with the Georgia Solicitor General and the North Carolina Supreme Court.


Kerri Kupec, Director of Communications, Legal Counsel

Since joining ADF in 2014, Kupec has been responsible for East Coast and Supreme Court media operations and regularly appears on television and in print to defend the rights of students on America's campuses. Prior to joining ADF, Kupec served as a law clerk to the Hon. William G. Petty of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. She also worked as a youth director in Queens, N.Y., and assisted in directing the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University.


Rebecca Sears, Media & Marketing Strategist

Rebecca Sears graduated from The King’s College in New York with a B.A in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Before joining ADF, she worked as an assistant for the 4% Growth Project at the George W. Bush Institute, as well as a teaching assistant for the Economic History departments at NYU and The King’s College. She currently lives in Washington, DC, but will always miss warm winters in her hometown of Scottsdale, AZ.


Brianna Herlihy, Media Relations Specialist

A Public Relations graduate of Liberty University, Herlihy is a former ADF intern who now works with the ADF Center for Academic Freedom to promote freedom of speech on campuses all over America. Herlihy is instrumental to sharing the message of First Amendment freedom for students with ADF's national audience.