Berman Prize winner and Wayne State University Law School Professor of the Year will help the Dalton & Tomich, PLC team guide religious organizations through denominational property disputes, land use and zoning cases
DETROIT – Award-winning scholar, author and professor Christopher C. Lund has joined the Detroit office of the law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC. Lund will focus his practice on helping churches and other religious entities navigate property disputes resulting from denominational departures and defending religious freedoms in land use and zoning cases, particularly those involving violations of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
Lund is one of the nation’s premier thought leaders and writers on law and religion. He is co-author of the casebook, Religion and the Constitution, which is a core text studied at leading law schools across the country. His academic work has been published in student-edited law reviews, peer-reviewed legal journals and peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals.
In 2017, the Law and Religion Section of the American Association of Law Schools recognized Lund with its Berman Prize for Excellence in Scholarship for his piece, Religion is Special Enough. Lund’s work has been cited in various articles, books and judicial opinions, and he is regularly called upon to share insight with media outlets, civil rights organizations and religious groups.
A professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, Lund has been voted Professor of the Year six times. He is a past chair of the Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as past chair of the Section on New Law Professors. He sits on the lawyers’ committee of the ACLU of Michigan.
Lund earned his law degree with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor of arts from Rice University, summa cum laude, with majors in mathematics and psychology.
About Dalton & Tomich, PLC
Located in the heart of the City of Detroit’s Financial District, and with a new office in Illinois to serve the Chicago area, the law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC features specialized practices for religious land use and zoning law and church property disputes resulting from denominational departures. The firm supports churches, mosques and other religious institutions across the country. For more information, or to request a consultation, visit daltontomich.com or call 313.859.6000.
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In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dalton & Tomich’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation.
Never one time during a year-long litigation process did Dalton & Tomich demonstrate anything other than Christ-like professionalism. They managed the legal details, while we continued to do church. How they managed themselves, managed our case, and represented our church set the table for me and our church to be where we are today.
Dalton & Tomich’s expertise and experience helped us through a very difficult legal journey, ultimately achieving a favorable outcome. Their personal interest in helping us went “above and beyond” just the call of duty.