10/24/2017: Workshop: S&A attorneys provide guidance on religious land use rights
Roman Storzer, Robert Greene and Sieglinde Rath are joined by two prominent New Jersey land use attorneys at workshop presented by Agudath Israel of America:
An informative workshop presented by Agudath Israel of America's New Jersey office addressed what has become a hot button issue throughout the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area: land use and zoning regulations that affect the construction of vital Jewish community institutions.
This was an extremely important opportunity for serious people who want to do the right thing to learn practical pointers on how to start a new community,” noted Rabbi Zwiebel. “People walked away satisfied that they had gained solid guidance and information.” While the land use workshop was the first of its kind for Agudath Israel, Rabbi Zwiebel said that similar events may follow, as part of the Agudah’s continuing commitment to addressing the Jewish community’s needs as they evolve.
Agudath Israel, "Agudah Workshop Provides Guidance on Land Use and Zoning Laws as New Jewish Communities Evolve," (Oct. 24, 2017)
02/28/2017: Robert Greene's letter to the editor regarding Jackson, N.J.'s dormitory ban law
Jackson should consider itself placed on notice that its heavy-handed attempt to target a particular population could very well be challenged in an appropriate venue. In this day and age of building walls against other people and cultures, fear and panic should not supplant our important constitutional values.
"Proposed dormitory ban may face court test," Asbury Park Press (Feb. 28, 2017)
02/14/2017: Robin N. Pick joins S&A's legal team
Ms. Pick, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has worked at some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country, representing Fortune 500 companies in large-scale complex litigation. While working for the federal government, Ms. Pick led efforts to impose enforcement actions on behalf of the United States against healthcare organizations that violated federal regulations. She has also served as Legal Analyst for a leading civil rights organization, and represented students with disabilities in cases arising under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.
12/07/2016: Wall Street Journal reports on S&A Connecticut case
The Wall Street Journal reports on the United States Department of Justice's involvement in two RLUIPA cases, including that of S&A client Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk: "In Connecticut, the Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk filed a federal discrimination suit in 2012 after its application to build a mosque was rejected by city officials. Federal officials opened an investigation, and the two sides settled in 2014." K. King, "Federal Government Joins New Jersey Muslims in Fight Over Mosque Approval," The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 7, 2016).
07/22/2016: S&A invited to White House event "Combating Religious Discrimination Today"
From March to June 2016, the Civil Rights Division, in partnership with U.S. Attorneys and other Federal agencies, hosted five community roundtables across the country that focused on these issues. Additionally, the Justice Department held two roundtables in Washington, D.C., for representatives of national religious and civil rights organizations to review themes and proposals raised in the roundtables and make further recommendations
At a White House event today, the Justice Department released a report on these roundtables. In addition to the report, the Justice Department and other federal agencies announced new steps they are taking to combat religious discrimination.
"Combating Religious Discrimination Today," White House Blog (July 22, 2016)
See the Department of Justice's "Final Report" on this initiative, which lists this Firm as a "Community Member Participant."
C. Crowe, "Administration announces new plans to fight religious discrimination," Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (Aug. 17, 2016)