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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Instructional Aids

Volume 4 . Chapter 10

Key Terms



apparent agency

ascending liability

assumption of risk

charitable immunity

common interest privilege

comparative negligence

contributory negligence

course of employment

"discovery" rule

fiduciary duty

intervening cause


joint and several liability


Megan's laws


negligent retention

negligent selection

negligent supervision

punitive damages

qualified privilege


references, institutional

references, personal

respondeat superior

scope of employment

statute of limitations


vicarious liability

Learning Objectives

  • Define the term negligence.
  • Define the term respondeat superior, and explain its relevance to churches.

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