RLC Cases

Since the clinic’s launch in January 2013, students have taken on the following projects:

  • Legislative advocacy for Buddhist and Native American inmates regarding a proposed limitation on religious items in California prisons.
  • Legislative advocacy for a terminally-ill Orthodox religious leader seeking to be buried at the California monastery he founded decades earlier.
  • Legislative advocacy for Jewish inmates regarding Kosher meal accommodations in Michigan prisons.
  • A comprehensive evaluation for a faith-based family camp facing religious discrimination in the use of its property.
  • Drafting a religious liberty handbook for a national civil rights organization to provide to Native American prisoners across the country.
  • Negotiation for a Jewish family seeking religious instruction alternatives for their child under a California public school “release time” program.
  • Negotiation for a Jewish rabbi seeking to visit a member of his congregation confined to a California prison.
  • Negotiation for Sabbath observers who were refused accommodation in their public schooling and employment.
  • Negotiation for prominent Jewish groups and individuals seeking various religious accommodations in California prisons.
  • Agency work in California for a Sikh temple organization facing land-use challenges.
  • Agency work in California for a Christian monastery regarding compliance with local zoning ordinances.
  • Agency work for a Hare Krishna organization challenging certain taxation of its temple property.
  • Agency (and possible trial-level) work in California for Sikh employees whose private-sector employer refused to their requests for a grooming accommodation.
  • Agency and federal trial-level work in Florida for an inmate who returned to his parents’ Jewish faith in prison but whose request to be circumcised was denied.
  • Agency and federal trial-level work in California for a Muslim inmate facing restrictions on his right to wear a kufi.
  • Agency, federal trial-level, and federal appellate-level work in California for a non-denominational church facing zoning challenges to continuing its ministry to the homeless.
  • Trial-level work (with the DOJ) in Pennsylvania federal court for a Muslim security guard seeking to maintain a beard in accordance with his faith.
  • Trial-level work in California state court for a mosque association with land-use challenges.
  • Trial-level work in California federal court for Seventh-day Adventist employees whose private-sector employer took adverse action against them based on their need to observe the Sabbath on Saturday.
  • Trial-level work in California state court for a Seventh-day Adventist denied public-sector employment for refusing to break the Sabbath.
  • Trial-level work in California federal court for a Messianic Jewish inmate refused daily kosher meals in prison.
  • Trial-level work in California federal court for a Seventh-day Adventist employee whose private-sector employer refused Sabbath accommodation.
  • Trial-level and appellate-level work in Illinois state court for a client seeking a driver’s license without a photograph for religious reasons.
  • An amicus brief in the New Jersey appellate division for Quaker organizations in support of a Jewish synagogue facing zoning challenges.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for a non-profit organization in support of “church plan protection” in federal pension law.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for a Christian advocacy group in support of a Texas inmate’s challenge to a ban on his Native American religious practices.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for Jewish advocacy groups in support of a family Bible camp project facing obstacles to construction.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for a non-profit organization in support of “church plan” protection in federal law.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for an interfaith coalition of Buddhist, Christian, and Hare Krishna groups in support of Jewish prisoners seeking access to kosher meals.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court for a national women’s prisoner advocacy organization in support of a Muslim prisoner’s right to maintain a beard in accordance with his faith.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court for a national Muslim organization in support of a petition for certiorari arising from a Montana ruling forcing a small religious community to participate in the state’s workers’ compensation program.
  • An amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a national Sikh organization in support of a petition for certiorari arising from a prison policy forcing Native American inmates to cut their hair in violation of their faith.