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Understanding the Five Components of the Religious Land Use Act

24 Oct

The California law firm Laquer Urban Clifford & Hodge, LLP represents non-profits in their quest for religious freedom as guaranteed under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In recognizing that religion-affiliated institutions were often unfairly treated in local building and zoning procedures, Congress passed RLUIPA in 2000.

Since then, lawyers at Laquer Urban Clifford & Hodge, LLP have been able to protect the rights of religious groups against unfair local regulations using the following five stipulations of RLUIPA.

1. Infringement of religious exercise. Religious organizations cannot be denied a place to worship or carry out their core mission.

2. Similar treatment to similar secular organizations. Any religious house of worship must be given the same rights for occupancy as other meeting organizations.

3. Discrimination between religions. All religions must be accorded the same status, whether the permit is for a Christian church, Jewish synagogue, or Muslim mosque.

4. Zoning cannot completely prohibit religious meeting places.

5. Zoning laws cannot limit houses of worship through such strict regulations that the religious organization is unable to reasonably meet requirements.


About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Shoot for a Cure

25 Sep

With an emphasis on real estate and labor and employment law, Laquer Urban Clifford & Hodge, LLP, has represented individuals, private businesses, school districts, and municipalities for nearly three decades. The firm maintains offices in California and Nevada. Laquer Urban Clifford & Hodge, LLP, supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Shoot for a Cure.

A nonprofit organization, Shoot for a Cure is dedicated to raising funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and other charitable organizations. Since 2003, Shoot for a Cure has hosted clay target shooting events around the country, introducing more than 6,000 people to the sport. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $1.5 million for these charities.

Established in 1949, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has dedicated itself to providing education and services to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, and to funding important life-saving research. Since its inception, the organization has dedicated more than $814 million to this research.