This book is a must have resource for religious entities and practitioners alike. It provides practical advice intended to afford sound instruction for religious entities and lawyers representing them to navigate the challenges and uncertainities surrounding a religious land use claim. Daniel Dalton, with over a decade of experience litigating religious land use cases, provides a critical review of:
- The history of religious land use
- Constitutionality of RLUIPA
- Claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000
- Related religious land use claims such as First Amendment Free Exercise Claims, Free Speech Claims, First Amendment Retaliation, etc...
- and much more.
From the history to the filing to settling, Mr. Dalton aims to cover the essentials on how religious entities should navigate the path of aproval of a religious use, or in the event the use is denied and the community violates the law, litigate land use claims on behalf of religious entities throughout the United States - primarily through RLUIPA (the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act). It is shown that RLUIPA is a valuable legislative tool that not only levels the playing field, but also promotes the viability of social growth in the community.
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Daniel Dalton’s guide to litigating religious land use cases is a long overdue resource for attorneys who represent religious organizations. For the first time attorneys who may never have litigated a religious land use case before will have a soup-to-nuts primer on how to bring their case, what claims to raise, and how to think about settlement. The book is a unique and welcome contribution.
Mr. Eric Rassbach, Esq.
National Litigation Director
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Essential to living with integrity in the realm of a pastor is to practice what we preach. You have in your hands the fruits of one who decided to "preach" what he practices - and he practices well. With growing recognition around the country as one who knows what he's talking about, Dan Dalton has been gracious to share these fruits of his labor, and we are the beneficiaries. I assure you that the confidence he instills within those he represents in the courtroom is rooted in legal substance and savvy, the very things you will find herein.
Dr. John G. Grenfell III
Plymouth First United Methodist Church
RLUIPA is the great equalizer when religious expression is corralled by local land use laws, particularly where a religious congregation’s space needs are suppressed, or worse, completely banned by artfully interpreted zoning laws. RLUIPA holds local vested land interests and their elected representatives accountable to one of the founding ideals of our great country, religious tolerance and inclusion. We owe Mr. Dalton our deepest gratitude, for he championed our Catholic High School’s cause, and saw us through by contesting and prevailing against the will of our former interim mayor.
Mr. Dasan Mahadevan
Chief Financial Officer
Academy of Our Lady of Peace
San Diego, California
Thoughtful. Creative. Insightful. Informative. Well researched. This book embodies all the attributes of Dan Dalton the author, and Dan Dalton the lawyer. It brings to light the history of zoning as applied to religious land use and the current state of the law as applied to all religious uses today throughout the United States. A must read for anyone dealing with religious land use issues or practicing in this area of the law.
Mr. Miles D. Hart, Esq.
Saretsky Hart Michaels & Gould PC
RLUIPA has become a passion for Dan Dalton. Dan is the authority on “Land Use” issues. His book is filled with solid content and practical case studies. The distilled nuggets are pure gold! This needs to be read by anyone thinking about litigating Land Use cases.
Director of Finance
Plymouth Township, Michigan
In his new book, Litigating Religious Land Use Cases, Dan Dalton has done what many others cannot; he has written a thorough, detailed account of how to handle complex religious land use cases in a manner all can understand, and thus benefit from. His writing style and wealth of knowledge makes this a perfect book for both attorneys who already practice in this realm, those who are looking to obtain a basic understanding of this unique area of law, or law students learning the ins and outs of this complicated area of law. Well done!
Honorable Christopher Murray
Michigan Court of Appeals
“Time & Money” … represents the Jericho Wall of church leaders today desiring to expand their ministries in an ever increasing, unsympathetic government environment. In resolving the barriers that allows the church and state to reach agreement, Attorney Dan Dalton has provided a meaningful tool for both attorney and church leader that not only educates them regarding RLUIPA laws, but also, minimize their learning curve thus reducing stress, lost time and financial resources.
Rev Demetrius Booker
Lighthouse Community Church
Redford Township, Michigan
Mr. Dalton’s expertise and experience helped us through a very difficult legal journey, ultimately achieving a favorable outcome. His personal interest in helping our church went “above and beyond” just the call of duty. His understanding of both legal and spiritual matters seems to uniquely qualify him to do what he is doing in this very important field of litigation!
Church of the Open Door
It is clear from reading his new book, Litigating Religious Land Use Cases, that Dan Dalton put his heart and soul into writing the go-to source on how to litigate religious land use cases. Being one of the most experienced and respected attorneys in this area of law, Dan has created a masterpiece that any attorney must read before taking on these important and difficult cases.
Julie Isola Ruecke
Michigan Court of Appeals
I met Dan Dalton during a dark time for our church. He was recommended as the leading RLUIPA attorney in the nation. He demonstrated wisdom, expertise, a gentle nature, a calming inter-relational skill, genuineness, and a humble demeanor, while at the same time, being sharp, forth-right, strong, assertive, and fully respected by the other side’s attorneys & Judge throughout the case. Dan successfully guided us through a minefield that had been unevenly stacked against us. Dan managed the legal details, while we continued to do church. He even attended church social events to answer questions and mingle with our church family. He was loved and appreciated by our church leaders, and our congregation. Never one time during a year-long litigation process did Dan demonstrate anything other than Christ-like professionalism. Today, our church continues to grow, we are nearing the completion of our 60,000 square building, I have become the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and I am gladly welcomed in our City Hall. I have become an influencer within our community and our county. How Dan managed himself, managed our case, and represented our church set the table for me and our church to be where we are today.
Lead Pastor, Cross Church
Carlinville & Staunton, IL
In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dan Dalton’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation. This book will assist and give insight in dealing with an ever growing challenge, the protection of rights of religious institutions.
Church of God, Virginia
This book is the bible for those litigating Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act cases. Well-researched. Well-written. Very easy to read for a legal text.
Honorable Michael J. Riordan
Michigan Court of Appeals
Since first taking up the cause of a small church fighting for its very existence against the whims of public officials in Detroit nearly ten years ago, Dan Dalton has transformed into one of the nation’s leading experts in the protection of religious liberty. Dalton is nationally recognized as an expert on the application of federal protections against discriminatory zoning and land use regulations. Now he shares is insights and expertise in a practical “how to,” and all readers will benefit.
Alliance Defending Freedom
Litigating Religious Land Use Cases is an essential guide for the advocate who is representing a church, synagogue, mosque or temple that has tried to work within the local zoning guidelines of the local municipality in order to carry out its mission in the community only to run into a brick wall. Mr. Dalton presents clear analysis of the current law and practical, step-by-step instruction on the process required by these disputes as they wind their way through municipal review and litigation in state or federal court. Mr. Dalton is an experienced and successful practitioner in these cases and a thought leader in this area of the law. I commend this book to the practicing bar and to religious communities to gain valuable knowledge about their rights under this important federal statute.
W. Andrew Gowder, Jr.
Chair, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law
Charleston, South Carolina