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May 13, 2014

RE: FREE WEBINAR SCHEDULED ON RECENT SUPREME COURT PRAYER DECISION

Dear Mayor:

As we reported last week (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2014-0506-Prayer.html), in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the Town of Greece, New York, did not violate the First Amendment by opening its meetings with a prayer. While anyone could give a prayer at a Town of Greece Board meeting, from 1999-2007, all prayer givers were Christian with some referring to Jesus in their prayers.

The town recruited "Board Chaplains" from within the Town, where nearly all congregations were Christian. Clergy crafted their own messages without any input from the town. The plaintiffs in the case argued that legislative prayer cannot contain sectarian language and prayers before town board meetings were coercive. Justice Kennedy's majority opinion rejected both arguments. Read the Town of Greece v. Galloway opinion.

You and your municipal attorney are invited to join Tom Hungar, Esq. (of the Gibson Dunn firm, who argued this case before the Supreme Court), Douglas Haney, Esq. (City Attorney for the City of Carmel, Indiana), and Lanny Proffer, Esq. (former General Counsel for the National Conference of States Legislatures), in a discussion about how the Court's ruling affects both state and local government in a free webinar on:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

This FREE webinar is co-sponsored by the State and Local Legal Center, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Reserve your webinar seat now.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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