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554 ABA Journal Religious Law articles.

Kansas Supreme Court upholds order limiting church services to 10 people or less

On Saturday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s order limiting church services to 10 people or less.

Closure orders spark lawsuits from NRA, anti-abortion protesters and others

Across the nation, business owners, the National Rifle Association, would-be churchgoers and anti-abortion protesters are among the plaintiffs suing over state shutdown orders.

Megachurch pastor is arrested for hosting Sunday services despite order limiting gatherings

A megachurch pastor in Florida has been arrested for defying Hillsborough County’s limit on gatherings of 10 or more people.

Afternoon Briefs: Student loan deferment in stimulus bill; BigLaw lawyer removed from ventilator

Federal stimulus package extends student loan payment deferments for 6 months

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, borrowers can now suspend federal student loan payments until Sept.…

Chemerinsky: Religion comes to the Supreme Court

Among the many divisive questions on the high court's docket this term, there are four different matters concerning religious freedom. Some involve constitutional issues, while others involve interpretation of federal statutes. All involve issues concerning free exercise of religion and are likely to be a strong indication of the direction of the Roberts Court as to religious liberties.

Afternoon Briefs: Sotomayor sees ‘pall of uncertainty’ in capital case; judge backs park proselytizing

Death-row inmate’s conviction has ‘pall of uncertainty,’ Sotomayor says

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed concern on Monday about a “pall of uncertainty” over the conviction of Texas death-row inmate Rodney Reed.

Supreme Court to consider case of Catholic foster-care agency that won’t place children with LGBT couples

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Philadelphia can exclude Catholic Social Services from the city’s foster-care program because the agency doesn’t place children with same-sex couples.

Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS lacks State of the Union majority; judge reverses No More Deaths convictions

Which Supreme Court justices attended the State of the Union?

Only four justices attended the State of the Union on Tuesday. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was there, even…

Some lawyers worry about proposed DOE rule that would remove restrictions on religious institutions

President Donald Trump announced this month that his administration would make it easier for public school students and teachers to pray on campus and would remove federal funding restrictions for religious groups that provide social services.

Sex offender’s quest for ‘Better Off Dead’ name change bites the dust in appeals court

A man who was civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person can’t change his name to “Better Off Dead,” the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled.

Chemerinsky: It’s likely to be an amazing year in the Supreme Court

No U.S. Supreme Court term in recent memory has had more potential blockbuster cases on the docket than this one. The court is likely to dominate the headlines in May, and especially June 2020, with rulings on almost every major controversial area of law.

Take a gander at our favorite 2019 slideshow galleries

From famous celebrity prenups to groundbreaking black lawyers to First Amendment milestones, the ABA Journal presents our favorite slideshow galleries from this year. Which gallery was your favorite?


Chemerinsky: 2019 was all about setting up the blockbuster year 2020 promises to be

The past year was unusual in the U.S. Supreme Court because the justices handed down only a few blockbuster decisions but then filled their docket with a stunning number of cases of potentially great significance to be decided in spring 2020. Interestingly, the court could have taken many of these cases in the October 2018 term for decisions in June 2019, but it did not do so.

Supreme Court to decide scope of exemption from bias laws for religious schools

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide two cases involving the “ministerial exception” that bars courts from hearing some employment suits against religious employers.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge who won’t perform same-sex marriages gets warning; hemp growers no longer seen as suspicious

Judge gets public warning after claiming religious exemption to performing same-sex weddings

A Texas justice of the peace who refuses to perform same-sex weddings has received a public warning from…

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