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Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Description:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent a church that runs a preschool and daycare center, which was excluded from a Missouri program that provides grants to purchase rubberized surface material (made of recycled tires) for children’s playgrounds. Although the state highly ranked the center as qualified for the program, it denied the center’s application solely because a church runs the daycare.


Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
 
WHO: David Cortman, senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation, Alliance Defending Freedom; Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.; Russell Moore, president, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Kevin Smith, executive director, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware

WHAT: Capitol Conversations with ERLC and Alliance Defending Freedom: The Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran Decision

WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT*

WHERE: Capitol Hill, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Rooms 2044 and 2045, Washington

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Adam Liptak of The New York Times described Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer as “the term’s remaining marquee case.” While Trinity Lutheran involved a state program to improve the safety of playgrounds, the case has far-reaching implications for churches and other faith-based ministries. The U.S. Supreme Court has now made it clear that the government cannot exclude religious organizations from secular programs just because those organizations are religious.

What will be the impact of the high court’s decision? What are the ramifications for the nation and, in particular, the faith-based community? Join ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of Trinity Lutheran Church; Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who represents Missouri’s 4th Congressional District (including Columbia); and other distinguished panelists at this important ERLC-sponsored conversation about religious freedom.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Please register via Eventbrite.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
 
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Reply brief of petitioner: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Brief of respondent: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Amicus briefs in support of petitioner: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Petitioners' brief on the merits: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Petitioners' reply brief regarding certiorari: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Brief in opposition to petition for certiorari: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Amicus briefs in support of petition for writ of certiorari: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Petition for writ of certiorari: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
En banc denial: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
8th Circuit opinion: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
State's answer brief filed with 8th Circuit: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Opening brief filed with 8th Circuit: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Notice of appeal: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Denial of motion for reconsideration: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Reply brief in support of motion for reconsideration: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Dismissal order: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
Complaint: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley
U.S. Supreme Court opinion: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer
U.S. Supreme Court opinion: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer
U.S. Supreme Court oral argument audio and transcript: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

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ABOUT David Cortman

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom. Cortman heads all direct litigation efforts to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family. He has successfully litigated over 200 cases at every level, including recent victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. A member of the bar in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice in over two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Cortman obtained his J.D. magna cum laude from Regent University School of Law.