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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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Religious Liberty Year In Review

  • December 29, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

The week between Christmas and New Year’s provides a moment to slow down and reflect on the year that has come and gone. While harried lawyers can miss this moment in the rush to turn the calendar over and start on next year’s work, reflection […]

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Supreme Court Hears Another Major Case Involving Discrimination Against Religious Schools

  • December 8, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in yet another case involving government discrimination against religious schools. The case, Carson v. Makin, involves the State of Maine’s tuition assistance program which makes funds available to help eligible families send their children to a school […]

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Do Not Try to Navigate Zoning and Land Use Regulations Alone

  • November 19, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

We receive calls all the time from frustrated property owners who have found themselves at odds with local officials over whether their land use—be it commercial, religious, or residential—is permitted at their property. These conflicts can quickly escalate when neighboring property owners get involved and […]

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Religious Land Use & the Church: Client Testimonial and Virtual Roundtable series

  • October 21, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Church Law & Tax is a leading resource for church leaders looking for guidance on legal and tax issues affecting religious institutions. Recently, Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett worked with Church Law & Tax to put together a series of videos to help pastors […]

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Are We Done Building Churches?

  • August 6, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

According to Census Bureau Data and a recent article by Sam Ro of Axios Markets, there has been a drastic decline in the construction of new houses of worship over the last twenty years. Whereas Americans invested nearly $9 billion dollars in constructing houses of […]

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Court Enters Judgment and Adds to Major Attorney Fee Award in RLUIPA Case Against Borough of Litchfield, CT

  • April 2, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

On March 31, 2020, the United States District Court of Connecticut issued a ruling which added nearly $100,000 in attorneys’ fees, costs and interest to an existing fee award of over $700,000 against the Borough of Litchfield, CT. By way of background, Dalton & Tomich […]

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How Religious Groups May Use Their Facilities to Help the Homeless During the Pandemic

  • March 25, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

An increasing number of state and local governments are issuing “shelter-in-place” or “stay-at-home” orders. But what does that mean for those who have no shelter or home in which to stay? The homeless so often depend on shelters that are already at capacity, making social […]

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.