RLUIPA Land Use Claims: Key Case Law Developments

Strategies for Local Governments to Avoid or Defend RLUIPA Actions

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, June 29, 2018

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This CLE webinar will offer practical guidance for counsel advising local governments on ways to avoid Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) claims. The program will discuss recent trends in RLUIPA claims and litigation, examine ways to avoid RLUIPA claims, and consider various approaches to defend against RLUIPA suits once a claim has been filed.


Religious land use controversies are becoming more prevalent across the country, with some religious groups using RLUIPA as a sword to threaten local governments with lawsuits, unless local governments cave to their zoning demands. With this risk, local governments need to prepare zoning officials on how to identify and handle such situations.

Our panel of land use lawyers will examine current trends in RLUIPA litigation, offer practical guidance on how to avoid RLUIPA claims, and recommend steps to be taken when a suit has been filed against your municipality. They will also consider other types of religious discrimination claims that may arise in the land use context, including under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.



  1. Overview of RLUIPA provisions
  2. Claims and litigation trends
  3. Recent interpretation and application of RLUIPA
  4. Strategies for avoiding/addressing RLUIPA claims
  5. Defending against RLUIPA claims


The panel will review these and other noteworthy issues:

  • What claims are being raised in RLUIPA litigation and how have the courts responded?
  • What steps can local governments take to avoid RLUIPA challenges?
  • What strategies have been useful for municipalities in defending RLUIPA claims?


Chaffee, Karla
Karla L. Chaffee

Robinson & Cole

Ms. Chaffee focuses her practice on land use litigation and transactions. She is a member of the firm’s Land Use...  |  Read More

Neeves, Diana
Diana E. Neeves

Robinson & Cole

Ms. Neeves, a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group, focuses her practice on...  |  Read More

Seeman, Evan
Evan J. Seeman

Robinson & Cole

Mr. Seeman practices land use, environmental and municipal law. He advises clients on meeting requirements for land...  |  Read More

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