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.
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.
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