Laurie Stewart is an attorney, mediator, law school professor, Christian apologist, and event speaker. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California; her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) in La Mirada, CA; and her B.A. from California State University Fullerton. Laurie is licensed to practice law in California and in Iowa.
Trained in conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration, Laurie assists parties in negotiating to resolve disputes. In Iowa, she served as President for Iowa Association of Mediators and on the Council for the ADR section of the Iowa State Bar Association. Laurie had the privilege of serving on the Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Task Force ADR Work Group. She is a Certified Christian Conciliator for those who want to resolve their disputes using biblical principles. Laurie teaches classes and seminars to schools, churches, and other groups all over the world on conflict resolution.
As a trial attorney, Laurie has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of civil matters, including defending religious liberty and traditional family values. She has worked with several public interest groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Pacific Justice Institute, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and Center for Individual Freedom. In 2006, she received the C. William Carlson award from Pacific Justice Institute for her “exceptional level of integrity and commitment.” In 2008, Laurie was a guest speaker on the marriage issue at law schools and town hall meetings, and featured in a documentary on the marriage issue called “Marriage Matters to Kids.”
Laurie and her husband John founded Intelligent Faith (formerly Rolling Stone Ministries), an international organization committed to training Christian leaders. She serves as an Advisor for Women in Apologetics. Laurie is a frequent speaker at universities, churches, seminars, conferences and women’s groups. Since 2007, Laurie and John have traveled to many countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to teach and train leaders.
As a law school professor, Laurie has taught classes in conflict resolution and Legal Research and Writing. She has published several articles, including "Reviving Religious Liberty in America" (2003) 8 Nexus J. Op. 151, which is an historical examination of the First Amendment establishment clause and the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution. She wrote her Master’s Thesis on: “A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women, Religion and the Law.” Laurie has served on the board of the Orange County chapter of the Federalist Society, Orange County Women Lawyers and Marketplace Women of Orange County, Camp Berachah, and Women in Apologetics. She currently sits on the board of Intelligent Faith and serves as Advisor for Christian Conciliators, Women in Apologetics, and Christ Transformational Ministries.
Laurie is a former self-proclaimed liberal feminist. Now she inspires, engages and challenges women to re-evaluate the assumptions and presuppositions thrust upon them by the post-modern culture. Her diversified background includes acting and producing theatre, and training hundreds of consultants as a sales director for a Fortune 500 Company. Laurie and John currently reside in Southern California and have three grown daughters.