Africa


Alphabetical List of Experts on Africa

Leah Farish
Areas of Expertise:
Western Sahara and Western North Africa, civil rights, American Muslim civil liberties issues, First Amendment, America's founding and Christian heritage.
Background:
Leah Farish has been a litigator in the area of civil rights and religious civil liberties for over 25 years.  Her work on noted cases that have come before the U.S. Supreme Court includes a variety of trial and appellate representation in Paula Corbin Jones v. William Jefferson Clinton,Dubbs v. Head StartFalvo v. Owasso (both student privacy cases), and Green v. Haskell County (Ten Commandments monument case).  InHearn v. Muskogee Public Schools she was lead counsel on behalf of the Muslim child who wanted to wear her headscarf to school, a case which Attorney General Ashcroft certified as a case of national importance and for which both Farish won the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Law Project's award for courageously defending student rights in 2005.  Ms. Farish has published three books for young people on constitutional issues, and numerous articles and commentary in such outlets as Current Municipal ProblemsWorldNetDaily.comJournal of Religion and SocietyImpunityWatch.com, and Puritan Reformed Journal.  Currently she is most often asked to speak on the topic of Western Sahara but has also been interviewed on civil rights issues on CNN, Law Enforcement Television Network, America's Voice, and Family News in Focus.
Ms. Farish was educated at Duke University, graduating magna cum laude in both English and Comparative Literature, with a Master's degree in English from Vanderbilt.  Her JD is from Baylor University. A member of INPROL (International Network to Promote the Rule of Law), an Honor Guard attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, and an allied attorney with the Rutherford Institute, she has also helped to lead or organize seminars on ethics and human rights issues in Latvia, Russia, Morocco, and at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
She has also served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma colleges and universities for over 10 years in the areas of Constitutional law, school law, and criminal procedure for 10 years.
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