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Occupation  Civil Attorney (ACLJ)
Spouse  Pamela Sekulow (m. 1978)
Role  Attorney
Name  Jay Sekulow
Years active  1978–present

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Full Name  Jay Alan Sekulow
Born  June 10, 1956 (age 59) (1956-06-10) Brooklyn, New York
Religion  Messianic Judaism (Christianity)
Organizations founded  American Center for Law & Justice
Children  Jordan Sekulow, Logan Sekulow
Education  Mercer University, Regent University
Books  Rise of ISIS: A Threat W, From intimidation to victory, Witnessing their faith, America v God, And Nothing But the Tr
Similar People  Jordan Sekulow, Pat Robertson, Logan Sekulow

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Jay Alan Sekulow (born June 10, 1956) is an American attorney and Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ). He also hosts a talk show, which airs on radio and television. Sekulow is a frequent guest commentator on the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Fox News Channel. A self-described Messianic Jew, Sekulow built a legal and media empire over a thirty year period by representing conservative, religious and antiabortion groups.


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Early life

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Jay Alan Sekulow was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Natalie (née Wortman) and Stanley Sekulow. Sekulow graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta (DeKalb), Georgia, and earned a J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law. While attending Atlanta Baptist College, Sekulow became interested in Christianity and converted after encountering Jews for Jesus. Sekulow earned a Ph.D. from Regent University in 2005, writing his dissertation on religious influence on Supreme Court Justices and their opinions.


As a young lawyer, Sekulow worked in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax trial attorney, defending lawsuits in the United States Tax Court on behalf of the United States Department of Treasury. He formed a private practice with Stuart J. Roth that was initially successful, but fell apart after IRS regulations changed in the 1980s. Sekulow filed for bankruptcy in 1987 asserting $13,071,748 in debts and $638,000 in assets. In 1992, Sekulow became the director of the ACLJ, where he serves as Chief Counsel.

In addition to his duties as Chief Counsel for the ACLJ, Sekulow hosts Jay Sekulow Live!, a syndicated daily radio program broadcast on terrestrial radio, and XM and Sirius satellite radios. This live call-in program focuses on legal and legislative topics. Sekulow is the host of ACLJ This Week, a weekly television news program broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar.

Sekulow is thought by some in Washington to have been one of the "Four Horsemen" who "engineered" the nomination of Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court. In 2007, Sekulow endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He has opposed the building of Park51, an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan two blocks from the World Trade Center.


In November 2005, Legal Times published an article which alleged that Sekulow "through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle—complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia." In the article, former donors and supporters claimed that Sekulow engaged in a pattern of self-dealing to finance his "high-flying lifestyle." According to a ranking by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a charity watchdog group, Sekulow was the 13th highest paid executive of a charitable organization in the United States.

On June 27, 2017, The Washington Post reported that "Jay Sekulow's family has been paid millions from charities they control".

On June 27 and 28, 2017, The Guardian reported, that documents obtained by them confirmed later that "millions in donations" were steered to his family members, that Sekulow "approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses", and that attorney generals in New York and North Carolina opened investigations of Jay Sekulow’s group Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE) for possibly using pressure tactics in telemarketer calls to raise money which was allegedly misdirected to Sekulow and his family.

Personal life

Sekulow and his wife, Pamela (McPherson), have been married since 1978, and have two adult sons, Jordan and Logan. Jordan Sekulow is an attorney with the ACLJ and Director of International Operations. He also co-hosts the radio and television programming with his father. Logan briefly starred in the Nickelodeon series U-Pick Live in 2005. Sekulow was raised Jewish. He converted to Christianity in college and is now a Messianic Jew. His youngest brother Scott is the founder and Rabbi of the Messianic Jewish Congregation Beth Adonai in Atlanta, Georgia. Sekulow also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC.

Sekulow is a musician and leads the "Jay Sekulow Band"; he plays the drums and guitar.

Awards and accomplishments

  • In 1994, Sekulow was named to the National Law Journal's Power List.
  • In 1997, he was named to The American Lawyer's Public Sector 45, a list dedicated to legal public servants who have had the greatest effect in their respective fields.
  • The National Law Journal placed Sekulow in its "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" list.
  • Legal Times profiled him as one of the "90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 years".
  • Publications

  • 1990: From Intimidation to Victory, Creation House
  • 1993: Knowing Your Rights: Taking Back Our Religious Liberties
  • 1996: And Nothing But the Truth
  • 1997: Christian Rights in the Workplace, The American Center for Law and Justice
  • 2000: The Christian, The Court, and The Constitution, The American Center for Law and Justice
  • 2005: Witnessing Their Faith: Religious Influence on Supreme Court Justices and Their Opinions, Rowman & Littlefield
  • 2014: "Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore" (with Jordan Sekulow, Robert W. Ash, and David A. French), Howard Books
  • 2015: Undemocratic: How Unelected, Unaccountable Bureaucrats Are Stealing Your Liberty and Freedom, Howard Books
  • 2016: Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World
  • Cases before the Supreme Court

    Sekulow has argued in front of the United States Supreme Court more than ten times during his career. He has specialized in arguing key issues of the First Amendment. Sekulow most recently argued before the Supreme Court on November 12, 2008 in Pleasant Grove City v Summum, case No.07-665. Sekulow represented the city in this case concerning government control over monuments and memorials in government-owned public places, which ended the following February with the Court ruling in the city's favor. On March 2, 2009, the Supreme Court issued a summary disposition in the companion case of Summum v Duchesne City. The Court vacated the Tenth Circuit opinion and remanding the case for an opinion consistent with Pleasant Grove City v Summum.

    In addition to his work as a Supreme Court advocate, Sekulow, as lead counsel of the ACLJ, has submitted several amicus briefs in support of conservative issues. He has submitted amicus briefs in landmark cases such as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Rasul v. Bush, Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, and Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation. His amicus briefs for Van Orden v. Perry and Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC were cited by Justices John Paul Stevens and John Roberts respectively. Sekulow served as counsel to Robert and Mary Schindler during the controversy surrounding their daughter, Terri Schiavo. While he is widely acknowledged as a member of the Christian Right, Sekulow's amicus brief in Morse v. Frederick was in support of the ACLU's position; he argued that schools banning "offensive" speech would also be able to prohibit religious speech with which the administrators disagree.


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