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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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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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Public School Closings Open Door to Religious Schools and Set Stage for State and Local Legal Battles

  • January 5, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country just learned that their local public schools will be closing. In Chicago alone, 330,000 students will be denied in-person instruction. Panicked parents, who are already familiar with the difficulties and inadequacies of remote learning, are looking for […]

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Court Rules Against Public University’s Vaccine Mandate for Athletes

  • October 8, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Western Michigan University has sought to impose a vaccine mandate on its athletes. Sixteen athletes sued the University in federal court after they were denied a religious exemption and excluded from team activities. The athletes argued that the University had violated their rights under the […]

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Religious liberty attorney: employees seeking dubious religious exemptions from vaccine mandates may increase public and judicial skepticism of sincere religious exemption claims in the future

  • September 16, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Rockford, Ill. —September 16, 2021—Noel Sterett, a religious freedom attorney with national law firm Dalton & Tomich, has spent nearly 15 years fighting for religious liberty in courts across the country. He has […]

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Court Holds Ministers Cannot Sue Their Employers for Hostile Work Environment

  • July 14, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

The First Amendment provides religious organizations the absolute right to choose their own ministers without government interference. The right is referred to as the ministerial exception and bars ministers from suing their religious employers for employment discrimination. The ministerial exception is based on the well-established […]

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Unanimous Supreme Court Victory Supports Religious Liberty

  • June 17, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

The Supreme Court decided a major religious liberty case this morning in remarkable fashion. All nine justices agreed that Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it refused to allow Catholic Social Services (CSS) to continue providing foster care services in accordance with its religious beliefs […]

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Big Changes Coming to Who Will Decide Your Appeal in Illinois

  • June 8, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Illinois is infamous for gerrymandering—the practice of politicians redrawing the political districts to protect their positions of power. Many have even quipped that voters in Illinois don’t pick their politicians, rather the politicians pick their voters. And now it appears that the politicians are also […]

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Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Government Defendants to Avoid Liability for Violating Civil Rights

  • March 10, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in an important civil rights case titled Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski. The case involves a college student, Chike Uzuegbunam, whose free speech rights were violated when campus police ordered him to stop sharing his faith in front […]

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The 150th Anniversary of Section 1983

  • March 5, 2021
  • by Admin

Section 1983 ­— 42 U.S.C § 1983 — is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. Section 1983 is the foremost federal statute for bringing federal claims against government officials and entities for violations of civil rights. The origins of Section 1983 date back to 1871 […]

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