August, 2016
Pastors File Lawsuit Challenging Illinois’ Ban on Sexual Identity Counseling
On Thursday, Pastors Protecting Youth, an association of Illinois pastors, filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Illinois in regards to the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, the state’s newly enacted ban on sexual identity counseling for minors. The suit maintains that the ban unconstitutionally restricts a young person’s right to make personal choices regarding his or her own choice of sexual identity, as well as the pastors’ right to free speech and the exercise of religion.
Pregnancy Centers File Suit in Response to Illinois Forcing Doctors, Medical Facilities to Promote Abortion
Mauck & Baker and Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Illinois doctor and two pregnancy care centers filed suit in state court against Gov. Bruce Rauner after he recently signed a bill into law that forces doctors and medical facilities to promote abortion regardless of their ethical or moral views on the practice.
Summer Reading List
Though summer is nearing completion, reading season never should be limited. Here are some book recommendations from around the office.
Jeffrey Schwab: Where is He Now?
In the latest past employee profile of the "Where Are They Now?" series, we talk to Jeffrey Schwab who is now a staff attorney with the Liberty Justice Center. Jeff worked as an associate attorney at Mauck & Baker from 2006-2014. 
Russell Moore: Engaging Culture without Losing the Gospel
In Russell Moore's recent book, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, he argues Christians need to refocus their efforts on true Christian principles and less on preserving cultural norms. We speak to Mr. Moore who is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. 
Shaping Your Message for Christ
Your message is key, but how you present it can often mean the difference between resonating with your audience or being ignored. We talk with media expert, Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations on his experiences working law firms and ministries in getting their message to the general population.
Loving Work:
My Experience as Blackstone Fellow
Every year, Mauck & Baker has a talented Blackstone Legal Fellow join the firm for six weeks. The Blackstone Legal Fellowship is branch of the Alliance Defending Freedom and prepares Christian law students for careers marked by integrity, excellence, and leadership. This summer, we had a first year law student, Matthew Jacobs, join the firm. Matthew lives on the south side of Chicago and attends Vanderbilt Law of School.
Freeing Speech on Campus
For institutions that claim to be open minded and promote the free exchange of ideas, its ironic to see college campuses across the nation become increasingly hostile to the right of free speech. However, Ari Cohn of FIRE is pushing back.
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