Land Use Regulation & Religious Institutions in Focus at MAS
October 17th, 2008, 1:32 pm
The impact of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is being felt throughout the country as municipalities must reconsider their planning for, and zoning of, religious institutions under the threat of RLUIPA litigation. The Act’s contentious origins aside, RLUIPA is now a well established law with tremendous implications and MAS has organized a continuing legal education (CLE) program to discuss the federal statute’s constitutionality and its influence on local governments next Wednesday, October 23. The program will introduce the statute, reviewing its constitutional grounds and operative language, and then take a closer look at the impact of the statute generally and locally. Moderator Professor Vicki Been, of New York University Law School will be joined by speakers Steven Silverberg, Esq., who will discuss the impact of the statute on local governments, Professors Christopher Serkin and Nelson Tebbe, who will discuss the intersection of RLUIPA and eminent domain, and Victor Kovner, Esq., who will discuss current RLUIPA litigation involving the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, here in New York City.