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Protecting Homeless Ministries and Shelters under Federal Religious Land Use Law

  • September 26, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Winter will soon be here and with it another round of headlines which read “City Shuts Down Church’s Homeless Ministry.” Every year, these stories pop up all across the country. Their facts are often the same, and they often end with men, women, and children […]

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Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act by Highlighting 22 of Our Top Religious Land Use Cases

  • September 22, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, often referred to by its acronym RLUIPA (ruh-loopa). In just over two decades, this little-known federal law has protected thousands of religious institutions across the country from unequal and burdensome zoning […]

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Religious Organizations Must Review Their Employment Policies and Job Descriptions After Recent Court Decision

  • August 5, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Most churches, religious schools and ministries make employment decisions according to sincerely held religious beliefs or a set of religious standards. They seek to hire employees that share the organization’s beliefs and are willing to abide by the organization’s standards. When an employee abandons those […]

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Dalton & Tomich secures $145,000 and building permit for the Church at Jackson in federal suit against Hinds County, Mississippi

  • July 18, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

In violation of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the county had denied the church permission to build and worship on its six-acre parcel of land Detroit—-July 18, 2022—Dalton & Tomich, a firm nationally known for protecting the legal rights of religious […]

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Supreme Court Orders Maine to Stop Discriminating Against Religious Schools in Tuition Assistance Program

  • June 21, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Carson v. Makin, yet another case involving government discrimination against religious schools. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court held that the State of Maine could not exclude religious schools from the government’s tuition assistance […]

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Can your building permit be revoked if your property is rezoned? It depends.

  • June 14, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Property owners and developers apply for building permits all the time. They fill out forms and submits plans to show that what they intend to build complies with current zoning and building codes. And when their applications are approved, they expect to receive a permit. […]

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Supreme Court Unified on Strength of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act

  • March 30, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

If you only pay attention to the hot-button cases that make the nightly news, you may think the Supreme Court is deeply divided in most of its cases. This is simply not true. The Supreme Court issues far more unanimous decisions than 5-to-4 decisions. One […]

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Understanding Aldermanic Prerogative in Chicago Zoning

  • March 11, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

When it comes to zoning in Chicago, there are many unwritten rules and policies. As many zoning applicants have learned the hard way, one unwritten policy may be more important to the success or failure of any zoning or land use application than all the […]

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How to Guard Against Fraud and Theft in Your Non-profit or Religious Organization

  • February 18, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Every year, millions of dollars are stolen or misappropriated from churches and non-profits across the country. The culprits are often the least expected people in the organization. Whether it is a pastor embezzling funds, an employee or volunteer abusing a corporate credit card, or a […]

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The Constitutional Right to Leave a Faith and the “Dead Hand” of Religious Obligations

  • January 28, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Americans enjoy an inalienable First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Recently, the California Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the First Amendment implicitly includes the right to change one’s religious beliefs, forms of worship, and religious affiliations. In certain circumstances, an individual’s freedom […]

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