How federal courts nationwide are addressing religious liberty arguments by churches.
J. Matthew Szymanski
Gammon & Grange, P.C.
“To date, faith-based organizations have lost more pandemic-related cases than they have won.” — Introduction to the Article.
This Article by our own Matthew Szymanski is published by Christianity Today (CT) via its Church Law & Tax division. Mr. Szymanski frequently updates the Article with new cases from around the country as they are decided (42 cases as of 6/22/2020, including two from the US Supreme Court). These cases involve, and are relevant to, churches and other Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) of every kind. Tracking the results can help FBOs and their lawyers win more cases, steward their resources, and create better precedents — which remain influential for decades. CT describes the Article as follows:
“We asked attorney J. Matthew Szymanski, who practices at the same firm as Church Law & Tax advisor-at-large Chip Grange, to track and summarize the outcomes of these cases as they get published. With more than a dozen decisions now covered, and more to come, Szymanski’s report shows one notable trend: churches are losing the challenges more often than not. Learn more details about these cases in Szymanski’s article tracking the outcomes, which we’ll keep updating as his latest summaries become available.”
This Article is related to the ongoing response of Gammon & Grange to pandemic-related legal issues for nonprofits. Other examples include our regular Alerts and blog articles on the CARES Act and other pandemic relief efforts.
For assistance, please contact one of our designated attorneys: Nancy LeSourd, Matthew Szymanski, Scott Ward, or Derek Gaubatz. Our CARES Act Team also includes our non-attorney consultant Phil Eskeland. Mr. Szymanski and Mr. Eskeland bring experience from their past service, respectively, as the chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff of the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, including during the legislative response to 9/11.