Planning For Religious Land Uses in an Age of Religious Diversity and Lawsuits

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, August 5, 2016
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT

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The Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) has significantly affected communities across the country in the planning process, changing the way that some local governments plan for religious uses.  This program will explore the types of claims that can be brought under RLUIPA and discuss how communities can plan for religious land uses without risking a potential RLUIPA violation.  The presenters will explain several different strategies and approaches that can be used to avoid RLUIPA litigation, including through revisions to local zoning codes and accommodating religious uses when appropriate.  As litigation is sometimes unavoidable, the presenters will discuss the life of an RLUIPA case from start to finish and approaches that they have found to be successful based on their experiences litigating these types of cases.

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Evan Seeman

Confirmed Speaker

Evan Seeman is a member of Robinson+Cole's Real Estate + Development Group, where he practices land use, environmental, and municipal law. Evan advises clients on meeting requirements for land development, real property disputes, and other administrative and real estate issues that arise in the context of land use and ... Read More

Dan Dalton

Confirmed Speaker

Daniel P. Dalton focuses his practice on land use and zoning law, focusing on cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (also known as RLUIPA), and denominational trust clauses. He is the author of “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases,” published by the American Bar Association. With a ... Read More

Noel Sterett

Confirmed Speaker

Noel Sterett is an attorney with Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago where he has practiced since 2007. Noel became a member of the firm in 2012. His practice is split between litigation and transactional work on behalf of religious groups, nonprofits, and small businesses. He has litigated at both the ... Read More