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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.

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The Pasadena Symphony & POPS

12 Jun

Transactional and trial law firm Laquer, Urban, Clifford & Hodge, LLP, which represents clients from the municipal to the federal level, maintains offices in California and Nevada. The firm also has assisted numerous nonprofit organizations, which has inspired support of several varied groups, including the Pasadena Symphony & POPS. Rooted in the Pasadena Civic Orchestra and founded in 1928, the group has matured artistically over the years, with talented musicians from the film industry and assistance from believers such as Laquer, Urban, Clifford & Hodge, LLP.

The orchestra officially became the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra & POPS in 2007, expanding its classical repertoire and performances to include popular music, with concerts held at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena and on the lawn near the Rose Bowl. Conductor James DePreist, a National Medal of Arts recipient and the symphony’s artistic director since 2010, passed away in February 2013, but the beautiful music goes on for the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra & POPS and its appreciative audiences.