Church Law 101: Religious Institutions in a Secular Environment (2018 Edition)

$195.00

Re-Broadcast on October 5, 2018

CLE Credits earned: 2 GEN

Constitutional and statutory provisions create a special legal regime for churches and other religious institutions. This seminar provides a bird’s eye view of free exercise and establishment clause caselaw, Religious Freedom Restoration Act developments, forms of organization, IRS requirements, and liability issues affecting religious organizations.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   First Amendment protections for religious organizations.
•   Incorporation and other forms of organization for religious institutions under State laws
•   Internal Revenue Service tax exemption and limitations on exemption
•   State laws limiting volunteer liability
•   Judicial abstention in cases involving religious conflicts

Date / Time: October 5, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
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jonathan-nelsonJonathan Nelson practices primarily in the fields of civil litigation and corporate law, with a concentration on the representation of religious institutions.

Mr. Nelson established an independent law office in 1991, after eight years of practice in corporate litigation and financial transactional work with major law firms in Chicago and New York City. Over the next twenty-five years, Mr. Nelson represented or advised hundreds of clients in the religious community, including Christian churches of many kinds, a religious order, Hindu temples, Jungians, a Yoruba cultural center, mosques, pastors, church trustees, missionaries, and victims of religious persecution seeking asylum. Mr. Nelson has advised lay boards and clergy on a wide variety of legal concerns. Mr. Nelson has been a panelist at meetings organized by the American Bar Association and other lawyers’ groups. He also served as lead counsel in numerous judicial and administrative litigations, including a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church against the City of New York in 2001 to enforce the church’s First Amendment rights to serve homeless people on the steps of the church. Mr. Nelson has been listed in SuperLawyers since 2012, and has been rated “AV Preeminent” since 1998. In 2016, he co-founded a law firm, Nelson Madden Black LLP, specifically to focus on serving the legal needs of the religious community.

Education
Yale College, B.A. 1978
Northwestern University School of Law, J. D. 1983
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, M.A. 1984

Bar Admissions
New York State
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States District Court, Northern District of New York
United States District Court, Western District of New York
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Publications
“The Implementation of the Refugee Act of 1980: A Decade of Experience,” Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (co-author) (1990)
“Judge-Made Law and the Presumption of Arbitrability,” 58 Brooklyn Law Review 279 (Summer 1992)
“Shaking the Pillars: An Asylum Applicant Shakes Loose Some Unusual Relief,” 83 Interpreter Releases 1 (2006)

Languages
English, proficient in Spanish and French

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