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Legal Publications

Transcript :

The State of the Law 2008: Legal Outlook for the Faith-Based Initiative

12/02/2008

Report :

2008 State of the Law report

12/02/2008

Legal Update :

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane (and others) v. District of Columbia and Central Union Mission
United States District Court for District of Columbia

10/28/2008

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) vs. R. James Nicholson, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (and others)
(United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, decided Aug. 5, 2008)

08/12/2008

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Carol Olson (and others)
(United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, decided July 16, 2008)

07/29/2008

Legal Update :

Alicia M. Pedreira (and others) v. Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (and others
2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25724, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, decided March 28, 2008

04/08/2008

Legal Update :

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (and others) v. Prison Fellowship Ministries (and others)
2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 27928, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, decided December 3, 2007

12/11/2007

Report :

The State of the Law 2007: Legal Developments Affecting Government Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations

12/05/2007

Transcript :

The State of the Law 2007: Acts of Law
(Opening plenary session from the Roundtable 2007 annual conference)

12/05/2007

Legal Update :

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Louisiana, Inc. v. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, et.al. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Motion to dismiss denied and preliminary injunction granted, October 5, 2007

10/23/2007

Legal Update :

Linden D. Bowman v. United States of America, et al.
Lawsuit dismissed August 30, 2007, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

09/18/2007

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Lisa Bjergaard, Daniel P. Richter, and the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Inc.
Suit filed, June 19, 2007, U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota

07/10/2007

Legal Update :

Jay Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
U.S. Supreme Court, No. 06-157, decided 6/25/07

07/02/2007

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation (and others) v. E. Mitchell Roob, Jr., as Secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Suit filed May 2, 2007, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

05/15/2007

News Story :

Pennsylvania County Settles Lawsuit Challenging Faith-Based Prison Program

04/03/2007

News Story :

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Federally Funded Marriage Program

03/27/2007

Legal Update :

Barry Christianson (and others) v. Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human services (and others).
(U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, lawsuit dismissed, March 20, 2007.)

03/27/2007

Legal Update :

Supreme Court Preview
Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation
U.S. Supreme Court, No. 06-157, oral argument scheduled for February 28, 2007

02/20/2007

News Story :

Appeals Court Probes Iowa Prison Program's Legality

02/13/2007

Legal Update :

Teen Ranch, et al. v. Marianne Udow
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

02/06/2007

News Story :

Embattled Marriage Program Claims Tax Money Never Funded Religion

01/30/2007

News Story :

Federal Court Strikes Down Challenge to VA Chaplaincy Program

01/16/2007

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) vs. R. James Nicholson, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (and others)
Summary Judgment Granted

01/16/2007

Legal Update :

Geneva College and Association of Faith-Based Organizations v. Elaine Chao, Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor; Stephen Schmerin, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept.of Labor & Industry (and others)
Suit filed December 14, 2006, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

01/02/2007

News Story :

Some Faith Bills OK’d, Others Fade Away, as Congress Wraps Up

12/12/2006

News Story :

Faith-Based Initiative Stirs Major Court Controversies in 2006

12/12/2006

Report :

The State of the Law 2006: Prison Programs, Chaplaincies and Capacity Grants Top Year’s Faith-Based Controversies

12/05/2006

Transcript :

The State of the Law 2006 -- (Welcome, Opening Remarks & Opening Plenary Session: "State of the Initiative, State of the Law")

12/05/2006

News Story :

Legal Papers Reveal Contradictions in Case Against Christian Prison Program

11/21/2006

Legal Update :

Community House, Inc. (and others) v. City of Boise, Idaho (and others).
2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 27703, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, decided November 9, 2006

11/21/2006

News Story :

Faith-Based Group Sues Third State Charitable Program

11/07/2006

News Story :

Religious Service Providers Included in Birth Control Law, New York Court Rules

10/24/2006

News Story :

Embattled Christian Prison Program Asserts Its Legality

10/10/2006

Legal Update :

Barry Christianson (and others) v. Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services (and others).
U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

09/19/2006

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) vs. R. James Nicholson, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (and others)
Motion to Dismiss Denied

09/12/2006

News Story :

House Judiciary Committee Moves to Limit Church-State Lawsuits

09/12/2006

News Story :

Charities Plea For Exemption
From Birth Control Law

09/12/2006

News Story :

Marriage Program Charged With Using Tax Money to Spread Christian Message

09/12/2006

Interview :

An Interview with Jay Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

09/05/2006

Interview :

An Interview with Mark Earley, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship

08/22/2006

News Story :

Federal Judge Gives Green Light to Pennsylvania Prison Lawsuit

08/15/2006

News Story :

White House Asks Supreme Court for Ruling on Church-State Lawsuits

08/14/2006

News Story :

Religious Expression Legislation Gets Hearing

08/08/2006

News Story :

Debate Over Religious Hiring Rights Heats Up on Capitol Hill

08/01/2006

News Story :

House Begins Work on Measure to Limit Establishment Clause Lawsuits

08/01/2006

News Story :

IRS Questioned on Political Activity Crackdown against Faith Groups

07/11/2006

News Story :

Proposed Law Would Limit Church-State Lawsuits

06/27/2006

News Story :

Legal Challenge Targets Baltimore for Religious Convention Funding

06/20/2006

Legal Update :

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (and others) v. Prison Fellowship Ministries (and others) .
United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa,
decided June 2, 2006

06/13/2006

News Story :

Potential for Widespread Fallout in Ruling against Iowa Faith-Based Prison Program

06/06/2006

News Story :

Marriage Amendment Draws Faith Groups to Capitol Hill

06/06/2006

News Story :

Arkansas Officials Believe Their Faith-Based Prison Program Unaffected by Court Decision

06/06/2006

News Story :

Proposed Marriage Amendment Draws Line Between Faith-Based Groups

05/30/2006

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) vs. R. James Nicholson, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (and others)
Analysis of the Complaint

05/30/2006

Legal Update :

STRUCTURAL CONCERNS IN ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE LITIGATION
A Comment on Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor (and others); and Laskowski and Cook v. Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education and University of Notre Dame
A Comment on Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor (and others); and Laskowski and Cook v. Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education and University of Notre Dame

05/23/2006

News Story :

Supreme Court Asked to Rule in Challenge Against Bush Faith-Based Initiative

05/09/2006

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Alberto R. Gonzales, et.al.

05/09/2006

News Story :

Lawsuit Charges Veterans Administration with Mixing Faith and Medicine

04/25/2006

News Story :

Appeals Court Ruling Holds Warning for Federally-funded Faith-Based Groups

04/18/2006

Legal Update :

ACLU of Massachusetts v. Leavitt
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Settlement date 2/22/06

03/07/2006

Interview :

Law Professor Robert W. Tuttle Discusses the Settlement of the Silver Ring Thing Case

03/07/2006

News Story :

Lawsuit Settlement Pulls HHS Funding for Silver Ring Thing Abstinence Program

02/28/2006

Legal Update :

Taetle v. Atlanta Independent School System, et al

01/31/2006

Legal Update :

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (and others) v. Ruth D. Holmes (and others) - Supreme Court of Florida

01/31/2006

News Story :

Narrow Confirmation Vote Places Alito in O'Connor's Seat on High Court

01/31/2006

News Story :

Lawsuit Targeting Public Funding for Missions Dropped

01/24/2006

News Story :

Divided Appeals Court Lets Challenge to Faith-Based Initiative Proceed

01/17/2006

News Story :

NY Law Covering Contraception Drugs Upheld by State Appeals Court

01/17/2006

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (and others)

01/17/2006

News Story :

Florida Court Sidesteps Religious Issues in Striking Down Voucher Program

01/10/2006

News Story :

Supreme Court rejects appeal: Ruling stands allowing use of public funds for teachers in religious schools

01/10/2006

News Story :

Roundtable Conference Takes Pulse of Faith Initiative

12/14/2005

News Story :

Legal Environment for Faith-Based Initiative Still Has Pitfalls

12/14/2005

Report :

The State of the Law 2005 --Legal Developments Affecting Partnerships between Government and Faith-Based Organizations

12/08/2005

Transcript :

The State of the Law 2005 -- Federal-State Legal Relations: The Potential for Cooperation and Conflict - (a morning plenary session from the Roundtable 2005 Conference)

12/08/2005

News Story :

Lawsuit Targets Faith-Based Prison Program

11/08/2005

News Story :

Trial Opens on Taxpayer-Funded
Christian Prison Program

10/25/2005

Legal Update :

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Faith-Based Organizations: Disaster Relief following the Gulf Coast Hurricanes

10/25/2005

Legal Update :

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Faith-Based Organizations: Repair and Reconstruction of Private Facilities

10/25/2005

Legal Update :

Lown (and others) vs. The Salvation Army, Inc.; Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services (and others)

10/11/2005

News Story :

Lawsuit Ends as Public University
Drops Course on Faith and Health

09/13/2005

News Story :

Teen Challenge and Feds Reach Accord
on Food Stamps

09/06/2005

News Story :

Federal Government Suspends Funding for Silver Ring Thing Faith-Based Abstinence Program -- a digest of news coverage and information 8/23/05

08/23/2005

News Story :

HHS Suspends Funding for "Silver Ring Thing" Abstinence Program

08/23/2005

News Story :

Teen Challenge Sues over Loss of Food Stamp Aid

07/26/2005

News Story :

Hiring Rights Debate Appears Headed for Senate

05/31/2005

Legal Update :

ACLU of Massachusetts v. Leavitt
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Suit filed 5/16/05

05/31/2005

News Story :

Senate Leaves Hiring Rights Out of Jobs Bill

05/24/2005

News Story :

Legislation Would Make Federal Faith-Based Offices Permanent

05/10/2005

News Story :

Minnesota Faith-Based Health Group Seeks Dismissal of Suit

05/03/2005

News Story :

Federal Judge Gives Green Light to Faith-Based Suit

05/03/2005

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Minnesota Faith/Health Consortium (and others) U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Suit filed 3/30/05

04/12/2005

Legal Update :

Moeller v. Bradford County
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Suit filed 2/17/05

03/21/2005

Legal Update :

American Jewish Congress v. Corporation for National & Community Service
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, decided 3/8/05

03/15/2005

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Jim Towey, Director of White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (and others)

01/18/2005

Transcript :

State of the Law 2004 - Opening Plenary Session

12/09/2004

Report :

State of the Law 2004 - Partnerships Between Government and Faith-Based Organizations

12/09/2004

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Jim Towey,
Director of White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (and others)

11/22/2004

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc, (and others) vs. Montana Office of Rural Health (and others

11/01/2004

Legal Update :

American Jewish Congress v. Corporation for National and Community Service

07/19/2004

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (and others) v. Jim Towey, Director of White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (and others)

06/28/2004

Legal Update :

Lown (and others) vs. The Salvation Army, Inc.;
Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services (and others)

06/21/2004

Legal Update :

Proposed Rule on Participation by Religious Organizations in U.S. AID Program

06/15/2004

Legal Update :

Analysis of New Rules for Grants from the Departments of Education
and Veterans Affairs to Faith-based Organizations

06/08/2004

Legal Update :

Catholic Charities v Superior Court, 32 Cal. 4th 527 (2004)

06/08/2004

Legal Update :

Analysis: Locke v. Davey
U.S. Supreme Court, No. 02-1315, decided 2/25/04

03/08/2004

Transcript :

"Locke V. Davey and Beyond - A Discussion of the Supreme Court's Ruling and it's Implication"

02/27/2004

Legal Update :

SETTLEMENT OF THE BELLMORE LITIGATION

01/05/2004

News Story :

High Court Hears Major Church-State Case

12/02/2003

Report :

State of the Law 2003: Developments in the Law Concerning Government Partnerships with Religious Organization

12/02/2003

Transcript :

The State of the Law 2003 - Developments in the Law Concerning Government Partnerships with Religious Organizations

12/01/2003

Transcript :

Fall Research Conference 2003 - Defining Permissible Uses of Public Funds by Faith-Based Social Service Providers

11/12/2003

Legal Update :

A Preview of the Pending Supreme Court Decision in Locke v. Davey

10/14/2003

Legal Update :

Legal Analysis of Final Rules and Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning the Faith-Based Initiative

10/09/2003

Transcript :

Roundtable Summer Fast Action Event 2003 - Reversing Direction on Public Funding of Church Structures

06/17/2003

Report :

New Federal Policies on Grants for Building Aid for Houses of Worship

06/13/2003

Legal Update :

New Federal Policies on Grants for Disaster Relief or Historic Preservation at Houses of Worship and Places of Religious Instruction.

06/01/2003

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. McCallum and Faith Works, Milwaukee, Inc, 2003 U.S. LEXIS 6301
7th Circuit, April 2, 2003

04/07/2003

Legal Update :

Americans United for Separation of Church and State et al. v. Warden Terry Mapes, Prison Fellowship Ministries, InnerChange Freedom Initiative, et al.
United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa, suit filed 2/12/03

03/14/2003

Transcript :

Roundtable Spring Research Forum 2003 -The Role of Faith-Based Organizations In The Social Welfare System

03/06/2003

Report :

Developments in the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: Comments on Notices of Proposed Rulemaking and Guidance Document

01/09/2003

Legal Update :

December 12, 2002 Executive Orders and the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

12/17/2002

Transcript :

Government Relationships with Faith-Based Providers

12/16/2002

Report :

Government Partnerships with Faith-Based Service Providers - State of the Law 2002

12/11/2002

Transcript :

The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy First Annual Conference Transcript -10/23/2002

10/28/2002

Transcript :

Roundtable Annual Conference October 2002 - State of the Law

10/23/2002

Articles:

Zelman's Future: Vouchers, Sectarian Providers, and the Next Round of Constitutional Battles

10/21/2002

Legal Update :

Bellmore vs. United Methodist Children's Home of the North Georgia Conference, Inc., and Department of Human Resources, State of Georgia (Superior Court, Fulton County, State of Georgia)

09/19/2002

Legal Update :

Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. McCallum, 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 14177
W.D. Wis. 2002

08/14/2002

Legal Update :

Holmes v. Bush; Florida Education Association v. State Board of Education, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Case No. CV 99-3370.
5-Aug-02

08/06/2002

Articles:

School Vouchers: Settled Questions Continuing Disputes

08/01/2002

Legal Update :

UPDATED: ACLU of Louisiana v. Foster, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

07/26/2002

Legal Update :

Joshua Davey v. Gary Locke, Governor of Washington, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No.00-35962
18-Jul-02

07/25/2002

Legal Update :

Zelman, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Ohio, et. Al. v. Simmons-Harris, et. Al.,
United States Supreme Court

07/08/2002

Articles:

Historic Preservation Grants to Houses of Worship: A Case Study in the Survival of Separationism

06/25/2002

Articles:

Updated July 12, 2002 -- Sites of Redemption: A Wide-Angle Look at Government Vouchers and Sectarian Service Providers

06/25/2002

Legal Update :

ACLU of Louisiana v. Foster, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

06/17/2002

Legal Update :

American Jewish Congress v. Bost
S.D. Tex. 2002

06/14/2002

Legal Update :

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. McCallum, 179 F. Supp. 2d 950
W.D. Wisconsin, 2002

06/03/2002

Articles:

The Distinctive Place of Religious Institutions in Our Constitutional Order

09/01/2001