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:


Tyson Langhofer, Director and 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.


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.