Jay Sekulow has steadily been making a name for himself over the years. He is an American lawyer who has made a mark by representing conservative, religious, and pro-life organizations. The self-described Messianic Jew is also a radio and television talk show host who frequently appears as a guest commentator on the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Fox News Channel. Read on to find out more about his career and relationship with Donald Trump.
Jay Sekulow – Biography
On the 10th of June, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York, Natalie (née Wortman) and Stanley Sekulow welcomed their son, Jay Alan Sekulow. Details about his childhood are few and far between as it is not clear if he was raised in the Big Apple since he received his high school education in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jay Sekulow attended Lakeside High School before enrolling at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree. He later went on to get his Ph.D. from Regent University in 2005. Prior to getting his doctorate, however, Sekulow was already an established lawyer. He was said to have started his career by working in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax trial attorney. His main role there was to defend lawsuits in the United States Tax Court on behalf of the United States Department of Treasury.
In 1992, Sekulow became the director of the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ). He has further gone ahead to become the chief counsel. While going about executing the duties of his profession at the highest possible level, Jay Sekulow launched and began hosting a syndicated daily radio program titled Jay Sekulow Live!. The show, which focuses on legal and legislative topics, and features a live call-in program, is broadcast on different terrestrial and satellite radios. In addition to that show, he also appears on a weekly television news program on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar titled ACLJ This Week.
Wife, Sons & Family Facts
Jay Sekulow has been married for over four decades. The prominent lawyer married the love of his life, wife Pamela McPherson in 1978. Together, the pair have two sons; Jordan and Logan.
The couple’s first son, Jordan, who was born on the 14th of July, 1982, has toed the career path of his father as he himself is also an attorney and a radio show host. The Regent University Juris Doctor degree recipient works with the ACLJ, holding the positions of Executive Director and Director of International Operations. While holding this job, he also works as a political consultant, co-hosts his father’s radio and television programs, and blogs for the Washington Post.
Not much is known about Jordan’s younger brother Logan. In 2005, he briefly starred in the Nickelodeon series U-Pick Live. He later went on to own the branding studio, Laugh-O-Gram studio, which helps to create unique content ranging from educational to entertainment material.
Thanks to his flourishing law career and thriving syndicated radio program, Jay Sekulow has been able to afford himself a very lavish, high-flying lifestyle that has allowed him to own multiple homes across the country, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet. The chief counsel at the ACLJ, who is said to be the 13th highest paid executive of a charitable organization in the United States, is worth tens of millions of dollars, however, the exact figure of his net worth has not been made public.
Sekulow’s wealth has, however, been repeatedly called into question since the mid-2000s. In 2017, the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers reported that the charities controlled by Sekulow, one of which is the Christian non-profit organization – Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE), has paid up to $60 million to Sekulow, his family, and their businesses, since the year 2000.
Other Facts about Trump’s Attorney
1. He Is On President Donald Trump’s Personal Legal Team
Jay Sekulow is a part of the US President’s legal team that advised him on the course of action to take in regards to the Mueller Investigation and all other congressional investigations in regards to the link between Russian officials and Trump associates. Sekulow has further been implicated in the scandal as former Trump attorney, Michael Cohen testified to Congress that the ACLJ Chief Counsel instructed him to make false statements to the House Intelligence Committee.
2. He Converted to Christianity
While attending Mercer University, Jay Sekulow encountered the Messianic Jewish organization, Jews for Jesus, and became interested in Christianity, which he later converted to. He has since gone ahead to publish a number of works in regards to his new faith. They include Christian Rights in the Workplace, The American Center for Law and Justice (1997), Witnessing Their Faith: Religious Influence on Supreme Court Justices and Their Opinions (2005), and Jerusalem: A Biblical and Historical Case for the Jewish Capital (2018).
3. Sekulow Has Argued In Front Of The United States Supreme Court Twelve Times
Only lawyers who know their stuff have been given the chance to argue a case in front of the United States Supreme Court. Jay Sekulow joins the list of lawyers to have had such a privilege as he has done so on twelve different occasions, specializing on issues surrounding the First Amendment.