Kelly Shackelford, Esq., has been president and CEO of Liberty Institute since 1997. Mr. Shackelford is a constitutional scholar who has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified numerous times before the U.S. House and Senate on constitutional issues, and has won three state landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases in the past six years alone.
Mr. Shackelford was recently named one of the "25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter century" by Texas Lawyer, and is the recipient of the prestigious national William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense for his leadership and pioneering work protecting religious freedom.
Shackelford has written voluminous articles and papers on First Amendment rights, law and litigation. He served as adjunct Professor of Law at University of Texas Law School, from 1994-2004, teaching "Religious Liberties." Shackelford graduated cum laude from Baylor University (1985) and graduated Baylor Law School (1988) with the highest unadjusted GPA in his graduating class.
Mr. Shackelford is a highly sought after speaker and frequent guest on national TV news and talk show programs including The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC, Fox and Friends, Hannity, Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show, and CNN. He also has been featured in the National Law Journal, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and The L.A. Times, among many others.
Mr. Shackelford is on the Board of Trustees of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. He is married to his wife Karen and has three children.