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Howard Friedman
Worked at University of Toledo College of Law
Attended Ohio State University
Lives in Detroit, MI, United States
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Catholic Order Sued For Release of Records of Abusive Priests
AP reports on a lawsuit filed in Cook County Illinois Circuit Court on Monday against  a Chicago-based religious order, the Claretians Missionaries, seeking release of all records relating to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.  The suit was filed b...
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Court Requires School To Allow Transgender 5th Grader To Use Bathrooms Matching Her Gender Identity
In Board of Education of Highland Local School District v. U.S. Department of Education ,  (SD OH, Sept. 26, 2016), an Ohio federal magistrate judge granted a preliminary injunction to a fifth grade transgender girl requiring her school to allow her to use ...
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Court Refuses To Invoke Ministerial Exception Doctrine To Dismiss Discrimination Suit At Early Stage
In Yin v. Columbia International University , (D SC, Sept. 26, 2016), a South Carolina federal district court, agreeing with a magistrate's recommendation, rejected defendant's invocation of the ministerial exception doctrine as a basis for dismissing for f...
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New Guam Law Lifting Abuse Limitation Period Will Likely Force Archdiocese Into Bankruptcy
AP reports that Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Friday signed Substitute Bill No. 326-33 ( full text ) which retroactively eliminates the statute of limitations for civil suits alleging child sexual abuse. Passage came after abuse allegations were leveled agai...
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No Taxpayer Standing To Challenge NC Magistrate Opt-Out Law
In Ansley v. Warren , (WD NC, Sept. 20, 2016), a North Carolina federal district court dismissed for lack of standing an Establishment Clause challenge to North Carolina's S.B. 2 that allows magistrates to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriage...
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Muslim Safety Officer Awarded $100,000 In Discrimination Suit
In Dingus v. Tennessee Department of Safety ,  (ED TN, Sept. 20, 2016), a Tennessee federal district court, on remand from the 6th Circuit, awarded damages of $100,000 to a former Tennessee safety officer for mental anguish and emotional distress he suffere...
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Suit By Web Designer Challenges LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law
Last week, Lorie Smith, the owner of a Colorado graphic and web design company, filed suit in federal district court challenging the constitutionality of Colorado's public accommodation anti-discrimination law.  The complaint ( full text ) in 303 Creative L...
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EEOC Sues Over Hospital's Requirement For Clergy Certification To Grant Religious Accommodation
AP reports that the EEOC filed a religious discrimination lawsuit in a Pennsylvania federal district court last Thursday charging that Erie (PA)'s St. Vincent Hospital wrongfully fired six employees who refused for religious reasons to get flu shots.  At is...
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Recent Articles of Interest
From SSRN: Farrah Ahmed, The Autonomy Rationale for Religious Freedom , Modern Law Review, Forthcoming. Jason C. Roberts, Unwinding Non-Native Control over Native America's Past: A Statistical Analysis of the Decisions to Return Native American Human Remain...
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Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
In  Whitney v. Varner , 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127018 (MD PA, Sept. 19, 2016), a Pennsylvania federal district court held that where an inmate refused to provide a written indication of his religious preference, prison officials could not be found to have su...
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Limit On Parolee's Ability To Attend Church Is Too Broad
In United States v. Hernandez ,  (ED NY, Sept. 20, 2016), a New York federal district court held unconstitutional a condition of supervised release limiting church attendance that was imposed on defendant after he completed 4 years in prison for receiving c...
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In  Whitney v. Varner , 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127018 (MD PA, Sept. 19, 2016), a Pennsylvania federal district court held that where an inmate refused to provide a written indication of his religious preference, prison officials could not be found to have su...
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Editor: Religion Clause Blog
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  • University of Toledo College of Law
    Professor of Law Emeritus, 2013
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  • Ohio State University
    BA (Political Science)
  • Harvard Law School
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
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