Every year, SFLA chooses about a dozen pro-life student leaders to take part in our Wilberforce leadership Fellowship, an academic year-long mentoring program that pairs students with pro-life leaders across the country. Throughout the fellowship, students are required to host events and speakers on campus, stick to a schedule of leadership readings, and gain invaluable knowledge and experience under their assigned mentors.
This year, we were absolutely blown away by Liberty University School of Law student Matt Mihelic, who was first drawn to our fellowship by its namesake.
“I see how closely Wilberforce relates to the pro-life movement,”Mihelic said while reading his undergraduate thesis on the social justice leader during Fellowship training last month. “He’s been a huge inspiration for me.”
Mihelic is entering his second year at Liberty and has already made a huge impact on the pro-life movement.
As President of the Student Government Association at LU, Mihelic helped organize the campus’ first pro-life conference, R.O.S.E. – or Reclaiming Other’s Sacred Existence – in 2009 that featured pro-life leaders from across the country, including Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case of 1973.
Mihelic described his introduction to the pro-life movement.
“When sitting in class one day as an undergraduate at Liberty, I heard a lecture that described abortion procedures and the history of abortion law in America. I was stunned that such a heinous act could be legal in my country [and] I committed myself that day to walk through any open door that God would give me to help end abortion.”
Mihelic has plans to use his law degree to advance pro-life ideals after graduation. We are thrilled to work with him this year and wish him all the best!