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  • Supreme Court Strengthens Religious Freedom Protections for Workers

    June 30, 2023

    Employers will have to meet a higher standard to deny religious accommodations in the workplace, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. … “This decision…

  • Supreme Court to hear arguments on workplace religious protections

    April 18, 2023

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could expand religious protections for workers under a law changed in 1972, an interpretation…

  • Upcoming Supreme Court case on religious liberties draws multifaith support

    April 10, 2023

    When his post office started requiring that he deliver Amazon packages on Sundays in 2015, Gerald Groff told his boss he couldn’t do the shift:…

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    Supreme Court preview: Groff v. DeJoy

    April 7, 2023

    Harvard Law’s Religious Freedom Clinic Faculty Director Joshua McDaniel explains how a case before the Court could better protect religious minorities in the workforce

  • Tribes, Religious Orgs. Ask 9th Circ. To Halt Ariz. Mine Project

    January 11, 2023

    Native American organizations, religious minority groups and legal scholars on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to temporarily block a federal land swap that would enable…

  • Harvard Law Program Joins Native American Hair Cutting Lawsuit Against Cody Kilgore Schools

    April 18, 2022

    A Harvard Law program will join the ACLU of Nebraska as counsels in a lawsuit against Cody Kilgore Unified Schools – a suit that stems from cutting Native American children’s hair. A Cody Kilgore employee allegedly cut two children’s hair for a lice check without their parents’ permission in spring 2020. The family, members of the Lakota tribe, believe hair is a sacred symbol. A year later, the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of the family – alleging first amendment violations. The lawsuit caught the Harvard Law School Religious Freedom Clinic's attention. “We are proud to team up with the ACLU of Nebraska on this important case," said Josh McDaniel, the clinic's director, in a statement. "As a Clinic, we are committed to protecting the religious rights and traditions of people of all faiths — especially those with misunderstood or marginalized beliefs.”

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    Religious Liberty in Practice

    January 31, 2022

    The Religious Freedom Clinic gives students real-world experience representing clients on matters involving religious liberty and the First Amendment.

  • Harvard Clinic Helps Prisoners with Religion at Supreme Court

    January 24, 2022

    Religion isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when looking at the Supreme Court’s latest criminal-sentencing dispute. But it’s “lurking in the background,” Joshua McDaniel said on Bloomberg Law’s Cases and Controversies podcast. Harvard Law’s religious-freedom clinic director explained what the new clinic does and how it got involved in that sentencing case, Concepcion v. United States. The clinic’s amicus brief highlighted spiritual growth and conversion as powerful evidence of rehabilitation for prisoners seeking resentencing under the First Step Act.

  • ‘Why Can’t I Hold His Hand?’ The Supreme Court Will Decide What Comforts a Pastor Can Offer During an Execution

    November 5, 2021

    Dana Moore likes to get on the road by 3:30 am. It takes roughly five hours to drive from Corpus Christi to Livingston, Texas, and he tries to beat the morning traffic. He watches dawn slowly break, and stops at the same Buc-ee’s convenience store halfway on his journey to grab coffee and gas. By 8:30 he hopes to have reached the Allan B. Polunsky Unit, a prison in Livingston, where he starts his day: ministering to men on Texas’ death row. ... The ruling could potentially impact prisoners’ religious-accommodation claims more generally, adds Joshua C. McDaniel, the director of Harvard Law School’s Religious Freedom Clinic, which collaborated on a brief in support of Ramirez. Numerous organizations spanning the ideological spectrum, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, have also filed briefs urging the court to grant Ramirez’s request.

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    Supreme Court preview: Ramirez v. Collier

    October 20, 2021

    Josh McDaniel, director of Harvard’s Religious Freedom Clinic, explains the Supreme Court's upcoming Free Exercise case — and how his clinic is involved.

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    Faculty on the move

    September 1, 2021

    With the start of the academic year, a look at nine faculty who have joined Harvard Law School, been promoted, or taken on new roles in 2021.