Advocates International

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Advocates International "is guided in its mission and methods by Christ's Good Samaritan parable. Working relationally, professionally, and spiritually with those in law and related professions, Advocates seeks to encourage and enable a global network of skilled advocates committed to religious liberty, human rights, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and professional ethics. It puts into practice at all levels the Samaritan Strategy as well as the Golden Rule which Jesus taught as summing up the law. Advocates identifies those "innkeepers" within a nation committed to advancing these objectives and connects them globally with those of like heart and mind. By the end of Year 2000, Advocates expects to have a network of skilled advocates in over 100 nations." [1]

"Advocates International’s global network has been active since 1991 in promoting religious freedom and human rights, reconciliation and justice, ethics and the integration of faith and practice. By 2003 the network linked over 30,000 law professionals in 135 nations, including those in 30 former or current communist nations and in over 70 nations where religious freedom is under attack. The following is a sampling of the countless ways Advocates’ staff, Board and national colleagues are engaged globally. With few exceptions, the services were provided free of charge." [2]


Accessed January 2009: [3]

  • President & CEO Samuel E. Ericsson, Advocates International, Fairfax, VA
  • Chairman & Asia Focus Lynn R. Buzzard, Professor, Campbell U. Law School, Buies Creek, NC
  • Vice Chairman & North America Focus Samuel B. Casey III, Exec. Director, Christian Legal Society, Annandale, VA
  • Secretary & South Asia Focus Ann Buwalda, Just Law and U.S. Director, Jubilee Campaign, Fairfax, VA
  • Treasurer & East Asia Focus Timothy C. Klenk, Bryan Cave LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Balkan Focus Roger D. Sherrard, Sherrard & McGonagle, Poulsbo, WA
  • China & Europe Focus John E. Langlois, Carey & Langlois, Isle of Guernsey Parliament Deputy
  • Europe Focus Johan Candelin, Director, WEA Religious Liberty Commission, Finland
  • Latin America Focus Chip Zimmer, Int’l Director, Peacemaker Ministries, Billings, MT
  • Latin America Focus Kenneth W. Starr, Dean, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, CA
  • Central Asia Focus Matt C.C. Bristol III, Ala-Too Ashari Fund, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic



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  1. Mission, Advocates International, accessed January 31, 2009.
  2. 1991-2005, Advocates International, accessed January 31, 2009.
  3. Directors, Advocates International, accessed January 31, 2009.