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Legal Updates

Roundtable Legal Updates provided timely descriptions and analyses of significant legal cases pending, filed or decided; developments in the statutory framework for aid to faith-based organizations; and important agency rule-making or determinations affecting faith-based organizations. These items were posted as developments occurred, along with links to primary source information; they later were summarized in annual printed reports, which are listed under Legal Publications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02/06/2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05/09/2006

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

03/07/2006

Taetle v. Atlanta Independent School System, et al

01/31/2006

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

01/31/2006

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

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

10/25/2005

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

10/25/2005

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

10/11/2005

ACLU of Massachusetts v. Leavitt
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
(Suit filed 5/16/05)

05/31/2005

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

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

03/21/2005

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

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

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

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

11/01/2004

American Jewish Congress v. Corporation for National and Community Service

07/19/2004

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

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

06/21/2004

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

06/15/2004

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

06/08/2004

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

06/08/2004

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

03/08/2004

SETTLEMENT OF THE BELLMORE LITIGATION

01/05/2004

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

10/14/2003

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

10/09/2003

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

06/01/2003

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

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

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

12/17/2002

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

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

08/14/2002

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

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

07/26/2002

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

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

07/08/2002

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

06/17/2002

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

06/14/2002

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

06/03/2002