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The Reality of Racism and Zoning

The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America.  The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]

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A Legal Guide for Reopening Places of Worship

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Firm News

Places of worship all across the country are eager to reopen but are struggling with how and when they can do so. Based on our experience working with congregations in different states, we have put to together this quick guide to help them understand their […]

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Split Supreme Court Denies Churches Relief from COVID Restrictions

Over the last few weeks, several churches in California and Illinois have asked the courts for relief from their state’s restrictions on religious assemblies—restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Because the trial and appellate courts would not grant them relief, they […]

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The Coming Legal Battles Over How To Fund Religious Schools and Where They Can Locate

The pandemic forced public and private schools all across the country to close early. In response, many parents had to quickly adapt to alternative ways to educate their children. Some discovered the benefits and challenges of homeschooling. Others turned to virtual classrooms and courses taught […]

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Michigan commercial landlords and tenants wondering about right to receive and liability and responsibility to pay rent on commercial properties and premises

Coronavirus Impact: 3 Things to Know About Commercial Leases and Summary Proceedings in Michigan

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-85 generally prohibits the eviction of residential tenants before June 11, 2020, which will likely be extended. But what about commercial premises and leases? Here are the three things you should keep in mind whether you are a commercial landlord […]

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Michigan Court Provides More Guidance for Aggrieved Parties

To challenge a local planning or zoning decision in Michigan, one must generally qualify as an “aggrieved party.” Unfortunately, Michigan courts have interpreted the “aggrieved party” term narrowly. This has made it difficult for concerned citizens to challenge problematic decisions in court. However, the Michigan […]

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Local Churches Prevail over Denominational Trust Clause Claims

For those following the issues of enforceability of the Methodist and Reformed Church claims of trust over property, the Texas Supreme Court issued and opinion on May 22,2020 striking a blow to denominations and freeing local congregations who wish to retain their property and leave […]

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Employers’ Liability for COVID-19 Infections upon Reopening

In the process of recovering economically from a pandemic, employers will be looked upon for guidance and protection by their employees as they return to work. Factories have different conditions than retail stores, which in turn contrast to office settings. Regardless of the type of […]

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Federal Court of Appeals Rejects Illinois Churches’ Emergency Request for an Injunction

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order indicating that two Illinois churches are unlikely to succeed in their efforts to challenge Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order which limits gatherings to no more than ten people. By way of background, […]

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First Amendment: The Ministerial Exception Revisited

In 2004, a Called1 teacher at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church School, located in Redford, Michigan, went on disability leave after being diagnosed with narcolepsy. After feeling better, she wanted to teach again. But the Church no longer had a position for her. The Church asked […]

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