Laurie Stewart is an attorney, mediator, Christian apologist, and event speaker. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, and her B.A. from California State University Fullerton. She is currently working on a M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. 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 seminars to 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 is the President of 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, and the Middle East to teach and train leaders.
Laurie 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. Through Chapman University School of Law, Laurie taught legal research to law students, and supervised summer Blackstone Fellows. In California, Laurie served on the board of the Orange County chapter of the Federalist Society, Orange County Women Lawyers and Marketplace Women of Orange County and Camp Berachah. She currently sits on the board of Intelligent Faith and Women in Apologetics.
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.