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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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“Church Autonomy” Applies in Church Name Dispute Member access only

Church Business Meetings

A Fired Pastor’s Defamation Suit Is Dismissed Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Defamation

A Tennessee Missions Agency’s Employment Contract Requires Employees’ Lawsuit to Be Resolved on Basis of Virginia Law Member access only

Employment Practices

Child Abuse Member access only

Church Childcare Program Forced to Seek License Member access only

Freedom of Religion; Schools

Clergy-Penitent Privilege and Observations Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Court Settles Debate Over Woman's Last Will and Testament Member access only

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Defamation: Statements of Opinion Member access only

Church Property; Defamation

Freedom of Religion - Part 4 Member access only

Freedom of Religion

Informing Church Members of Disciplinary Action Member access only

Church Members; Defamation

Invasion of Privacy Member access only

Invasion of Privacy

Jurisdiction Over Hiring Claims Different vs. Supervision Claims  Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Members' Right to Inspect Church Records Member access only

Church Records

Ownership of Church Parsonages Member access only

Church Property

Pastor's Letter to Congregation about Former Member's Lawsuit Was Not Defamatory Due to Factual Nature Member access only


Potential Problems with "Religious" Marriages Member access only


Recent Developments in Tennessee Regarding Marriage and Divorce Member access only

Recent Developments in Tennessee Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Member access only

Spiritual Counsel and the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

State Campaign Financial Disclosure Act Applied to Churches Who Publicly Opposed a "Liquor-by-the-Drink" Referendum Member access only

Freedom of Religion