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Tax-Exempt Financing of Churches, Parochial Schools and Other Sectarian Institutions After Trinity Lutheran Church: Permitted? ...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, precluding states from discriminating against churches in at least some state financing programs, raises anew the question of...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

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Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the...more

FAIL: For-Profit Education Sector Dealt Major Blow

by Ifrah PLLC on

For-profit education was dealt a major blow in a federal court case challenging the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Rule. U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan of New York dismissed a lawsuit that was filed last...more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2015

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Several interrelated legal developments make it more important than ever for religious institutions intending to qualify for exemptions to generally applicable laws to do the hard work before litigation or administrative...more

Higher Education Alert: NLRB Announces Two New Standards Favorable to Faculty Unions

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB No. 157, a case that had been watched closely by the higher education community, the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-2 decision the week before Christmas announcing new...more

Religious Institution - January 2015

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Experience over the last couple decades teaches that religious institutions face as much or perhaps more liability than secular organizations and, therefore, need to take risk management seriously. From operating their own...more

Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students

by Fenwick & West LLP on

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West, Angelica Salceda is working at the ACLU of Northern California to ensure that pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley schools are afforded...more

Combining Arms for Justice-Involved Veterans

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Co-sponsored by Fenwick & West and Microsoft, Equal Justice Works Fellow Leo Flor is building enduring capacity in Washington State for complementary civil representation of criminal justice-involved veterans through client...more

Religious Institutions Update - November 2013

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Diminished donations have led many faith-based organizations to become more creative about increasing revenue. Sometimes these organizations look beyond ordinary ministry functions to supplement income with unrelated...more

Religious Institutions Update: August/September 2013

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On August 2, 2013, the White House's Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum instructing federal agencies to take steps to carry out President Obama's executive order (E.O. 13559 (Nov. 17, 2010)) adopting several...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2013

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Last February, at the request of Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations was formed to address tax-related policy questions of import...more

Good News in the Schoolhouse

by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham on

In Child Evangelism Fellowship v. Minneapolis Special School Dist. No. 1, the Eighth Circuit recently provided guidance on how religious community organizations may partner with school districts and on the interaction between...more

Released-Time Offers Fresh Choices in Religious Education

by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham on

An important development in the Fourth Circuit may make it easier for public school students to obtain religious education through a released-time program by allowing for transfer of credits under certain well-defined...more

Constitutional exceptions in religous employment

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Religious entities and communities of faith and their insurance carriers can take heart in pursuing defense judgments after the U.S. Supreme Court acted swiftly and unanimously in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and...more

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