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ABA book guides lawyers through religious land conflicts


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ABA book guides lawyers through religious land conflicts

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2014 — A new book from the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law provides practical advice from an experienced litigator on how to navigate through religious land use cases.


“Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” tackles a topic that has created tensions between religious organizations and municipalities and other public entities. Religious groups of all denominations have long argued that they should be permitted to build new places of worship relatively free of zoning and other entanglements.

In the book, attorney Daniel P. Dalton, a founding partner of Dalton & Tomich PLC in Detroit, provides unique perspectives and case studies on landmark decisions under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). Dalton is regarded as one of the nation’s most knowledgeable and experienced litigators in religious land use and zoning law, and his firm has won significant RLUIPA cases throughout the country.

This book should serve as a useful guide for religious entities and the lawyers who represent them in navigating the challenges and uncertainties that inevitably surround a religious land use claim. Chapters explore the history of religious land use, the constitutionality of the RLUIPA and related religious land use claims.

Author Dalton was named one of the top 25 attorneys in Michigan in 2010 and has served on the Plymouth, Michigan, City Council, as well as several boards and committees throughout the United States. He chairs the Religious Land Use Committee of the ABA State and Local Law Section and is a member of the American Planning Association and Michigan Planning Society.

Title:                “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases”\
Publisher:        ABA Section of State and Local Government Law
Pages:             224
Product Code: 5330229
ISBN:               978-1-62722-695-0
Size:                6x9
Price:               $79.95
Orders:            800.285.2221 or


Editor’s note:  Review copies are available by emailing Laura Vecchia at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Laura Vecchia, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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