Ward v. Polite

A graduate counseling student at Eastern Michigan University refused, as part of her required practicum, to counsel any University client who might require advice about a homosexual relationship or a relationship involving sexual activity outside of marriage. Although the student stated that her religious beliefs prohibited her from counseling patients on these topics, she was expelled by the University for refusing to fulfill program requirements. Read more

Stewart v. Johnson County

After the Johnson County Commission removed a government-sponsored Ten Commandments display from the County Courthouse, the Commission created a public forum in the Courthouse lobby for displays relating to the development of American law. The Commission then accepted a display featuring the Ten Commandments, quotations from historical legal sources, and Biblical verses—bearing the message that the United States was founded on Christian principles.  Read more

Ramani v. Segelstein

Lawsuit against synagogue for sexual assault and retaliation perpetrated by its cantor and rabbi, raising the question of when claims should be allowed against religious institutions for sexual misconduct committed by their clergy.

McCollum v. California

Challenge to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's refusal to allow a Wiccan clergyman to serve as volunteer chaplain in prisons because he is not Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, or Native American.

Gallwey v. Grimm

Challenge to Washington State program to provide state funds to eligible students for tuition at public or private universities, including those that are sectarian.