Until his appointment as Managing Director & General Counsel for the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project (effective January 1, 2011), Mr. Casey served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Advocates International (AI) from January 1, 2009. For over 14 years before that time, Mr. Casey served as the Christian Legal Society's Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer from June 1, 1994 until October 15, 2008, where he was responsible for the general oversight CLS’ Center for Law & Religious Freedom and its life advocacy affiliate, Human Life Advocates, LLC. Mr. Casey also serves of counsel to Just Law International, a private law firm specializing in immigration law.
Prior to his time at AI, CLS and his current assignment at JC’s Law of Life Project, Mr. Casey was a founding partner in the law firm of Larson & Casey. During the period 1990 through May 1994, Mr. Casey also served as the Dean of the Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California where he taught Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Labor Law, and Legal Research & Writing. Mr. Casey served as the General Counsel of the Western Center for Law and Religious Freedom from 1988 through 1990 where he was actively involved as legal counsel in the legislative advocacy and legal defense of religious freedom for all and the right to human life from conception to natural death, including a federal False Claims Act case against the County of Sacramento. A Christian Legal Society (CLS) member since 1987, he served on CLS’ board of directors from 1992 until October 15, 2008. Mr. Casey is the founding chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Defending Freedom where he served from 1992 until 1994. He served on the Board of Directors of Advocates International from 1999 through 2008. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the Regent University Law School.
Born on July 27, 1951 and educated through high school in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Casey received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Stanford University in 1973 and his Juris Doctor Degree in 1977 with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the USF Law Review. In 1977, Mr. Casey served as a law clerk to California Supreme Court Justices Raymond Sullivan and Wiley Manuel (who was California’s first African-American Supreme Court jurist). In 1982, he also served as a deputy district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Casey became a litigation partner in the international firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (OH&S) in 1986, specializing in securities fraud litigation and labor law. He resigned his OH&S partnership in 1988 to found a public interest law firm The Rutherford Institute of California, where we serve as General Counsel (1986-1988). Mr. Casey is licensed to practice law in California and before a number of federal courts including the United States Supreme Court where he has appeared as counsel of record or as counsel to “friends of the court” on numerous occasions particularly in constitutional cases involving the sanctity of human life and/or religious liberty.
Sam has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jill, for 41 years. Jill and Sam are the grandparents of two toddler grandsons, and an infant granddaughter with a fourth grandchild expected in in July 2015 and the blessed parents of two adult, married children: Kelly married to John living in Golden, CO and Sam married to Heidi living in Matthews, NC.
By God’s grace alone, Sam & Jill, who now reside in Matthews, NC, and all their children are confessed followers of Jesus Christ.