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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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Court Awards Over $374,000 in Attorney Fees against Winnebago County for Health Administrator’s Violation of the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act

  • February 16, 2022
  • by Emily

High fee award puts public and private healthcare employers on notice Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Rockford, Illinois —February 16, 2022—Circuit Court Judge Eugene Doherty issued an attorney fee award of over $374,000 against Winnebago County today in […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case On Donor-Disclosure Requirement

  • May 5, 2021
  • by Admin

For many not-for-profit organizations, the primary means of sustaining their operations is through the voluntary donations of their supporters. But can the government require a not-for-profit to disclose the identity of its donors? In 2010, the California Attorney General’s Office instituted a new policy to […]

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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 Supreme Court Hears Case About Nominal Damages

  • January 22, 2021
  • by Admin

On January 12, 2021, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Uzuegbunam v. Preczwski, which tackles the question of whether a lawsuit seeking nominal damages is rendered moot if the unconstitutional law or policy is revised during the course of litigation. By way […]

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Illinois Court Recognizes Primary Religious Purpose in Afterschool Program for Kids

  • January 7, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

By The Hand Club for Kids is an Illinois not-for-profit which provides many Chicago-area youth with a well-rounded afterschool program. The program is designed to be “Christ-centered” as well as holistic—nurturing mind, body, and soul. Despite the religious mission and values which animate everything the […]

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Students for Religious Liberty at the University of Chicago to Host Panel on Litigating Religious Liberty

  • September 21, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, I will have the honor of speaking with law students at the University of Chicago about the joys and challenges of litigating religious liberty cases. I will be on a panel with two esteemed religious liberty litigators, Mark Rienzi, the […]

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Its time to make the move out of the Methodist denomination

  • August 9, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Annual Conferences are now in the process of trying to figure out which local Churches are likely to stay, which ones wish to leave and which ones they can close and take their assets to build up their financials. The donations to the denomination […]

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Big Supreme Court Win For Religious Schools and School Choice Movement

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that it is unconstitutional to bar religious schools from receiving public benefits or aid solely because of their religious status. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, involves a scholarship program that the Montana Supreme Court […]

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Local Churches defeat trust clause claim

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

All across the country, local congregations are deciding to leave their denominations and take the necessary steps to keep their properties. There is an increasing number of congregations seeking to leave the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, and Reformed Church of America. And while some […]

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