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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 prominent Jewish groups and individuals seeking various religious accommodations in California prisons.
  • Agency work in New York for a mosque association seeking to construct a mosque.
  • 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 in Florida for an inmate who returned to his parents’ Jewish faith in prison but whose request to be circumcised was denied.
  • Agency work in California for a non-denominational church facing zoning challenges to continuing its ministry to the homeless.
  • Agency (and possible trial-level) work in California for Sikh employees whose employer refused to accommodate their requests for workplace accommodation.
  • Agency and trial-level work in California for a Muslim inmate facing restrictions in his right to wear a kufi, even though Jewish inmates wear yarmulkes without similar limitations.
  • Trial-level work for Sabbath observers who were refused accommodation in their public schooling and employment.
  • Trial-level work in Illinois for a client seeking a driver's license without a photograph for religious reasons.
  • Trial-level work in California for a Hare Krishna organization challenging certain taxation of its temple property.
  • 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 employer took adverse action against them based on their need to observe the Sabbath on Saturday.
  • 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 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. Supreme Court 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.