Rena Lindevaldsen serves as Interim Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy. She began serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in July 2011 and the Interim Dean in 2014. After one year as an adjunct assistant professor of law at Liberty University School of Law, she joined the full-time faculty. Previously, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel to Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation and education organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family.
At Liberty Counsel, she was actively involved in efforts throughout the country to preserve traditional marriage through litigation, legislation, and constitutional amendments. She filed the first lawsuit to enjoin San Francisco’s efforts to “marry” same-sex couples, and obtained two orders enjoining public officials in New York from officiating same-sex unions. She successfully challenged New York City’s decision to publicly fund a high school for homosexual students and a Maryland school board’s decision to implement sex education curriculum that presented materials hostile to conservative, religious beliefs. In addition to her efforts to protect children and families, she regularly provided representation to Child Evangelism Fellowship in its efforts to gain access to public schools for after-school Good News Clubs. One case led to the first reported decision affirming the right of public school teachers to lead Bible clubs at school, after school hours. She also was part of the legal team that defended, in litigation at the United States Supreme Court, the right of McCreary County to display the Ten Commandments in a county building. In 2004, she launched the first annual “Day of Purity,” a project encouraging youth to make a commitment to remain sexually pure in mind and actions, and continues to serve as its International Coordinator. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs around the world, including BBC News, MSNBC’s “The Abrams Report” and “Scarborough Country,” CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” and Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” She has been a speaker and panelist at a number of conferences, seminars, and debates around the country.
Before she joined Liberty Counsel, Lindevaldsen was an associate for five years with Katsky & Korins, LLP, one of the longest-lived mid-sized general practice law firms in New York City. There she handled all aspects of a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including partnership disputes, federal and state securities matters, and commercial foreclosures. She provided representation to major real estate enterprises and commercial banks, including The Related Companies, LLP and Lennar Partners. For the first two years after law school, Lindevaldsen was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, an international law firm of over 600 attorneys.
While in law school, Lindevaldsen served as Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and as a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court’s Executive Board. She also was a research assistant to Norman S. Poser, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, assisting him in bringing to publication the first edition of Broker-Dealer Law and Regulation (Aspen 3d ed. 2000). While at Liberty Counsel, she co-authored several legal memoranda for legislative bodies, including “The Federal Marriage Amendment Preserves Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman and is Consistent with Constitutional Jurisprudence and Federalism,” which was introduced during senate debate on the federal marriage amendment in July 2004, “Constitutional Analysis of the New York ‘Dignity for All Students Act,’” and “Legal Analysis of SB 101: Proposal to Add Sexual Orientation to the Illinois Human Rights Act.”
Lindevaldsen is admitted to practice law in all Florida, New York, and Virginia state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and several United States Courts of Appeal.