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    Reflections on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a decision rendered by the Colorado State Human Rights Commission against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, saying that the state abused his rights by prosecuting him for discriminating against LGBT couples when he refused to create a custom-designed cake for a same-sex wedding. Richard Baker and Noel Sterett of Mauck & Baker, LLC filed an amicus (friend of court) brief with the U.S.   Read More...

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    Is There a Disconnect Between Church-goers and Their Pastors?

    Pastors have seemed to back away from teaching biblical worldviews from the pulpit, primarily because of their perception that their congregants don’t want to hear it. This has resulted in a growing disconnect between Christian conservatives and their pastors.  Interestingly enough, a new survey titled “What God’s People Want to Know,” commissioned by WallBuilders and the American Culture & Faith Institute, shows conservative Christians actually want to hear more about political issue-r...  Read More...

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    Abuse Prevention and Risk Management

    In light of the recent news about unreported child abuse in Chicago’s schools, nonprofits working with children and other vulnerable populations are advised to review and assess their abuse prevention policies and procedures, and ask themselves the following questions: 1. What are “reasonable” measures? Responsible nonprofits should consider the abuse prevention policies of other well-operated organizations to help identify what is considered to be standard and appropriate under the circums...  Read More...

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    Open Doors: Safety Measures for Nonprofit Facilities

    As the recent horrific deaths in churches and schools have shown, we are all vulnerable to violence. For nonprofits that regularly keep their facilities open to people in need and other members of the public, how can they keep such facilities as safe as possible? Responsible nonprofits should adopt and follow well-developed security protocols that include the following guidelines.   Read More...

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    8899 Pastors Stand Up for Housing Allowance

    Last month, 8899 pastors joined an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, standing up to protect the ministerial housing allowance which was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in October 2017. Mauck & Baker attorney Noel W. Sterett helped write the amicus brief together with Alliance Defending Freedom.   Read More...

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    Christian Attorneys: The Oxymoron and Why We’re Different

    How can there be such a thing as Christian attorneys? We get that question a lot. If you read our monthly newsletters you already know that we are not subtle about our faith or our effort to serve churches and ministries.   Read More...

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    A Supreme Court Case Pregnant with Hope

    By Noel W. Sterett, attorney at Mauck & Baker, LLCOn Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case involving California’s effort to restrict and compel the speech of pro-life pregnancy care centers.   Read More...

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    Prayer for Forced Abortion Referral Case in the United States Supreme Court

    On March 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in an important case about whether pro-life pregnancy centers can be forced to advertise abortion information. A case out of California, these pregnancy centers are being targeted for their commitment to protecting life and providing low-cost pregnancy support services to women. Mauck & Baker attorney Noel Sterett will be attending the oral argument in Washington, DC.   Read More...

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    Jeanne Ives: Having the Courage of Conviction in the Illinois Gubernatorial Race

    Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Jeanne Ives on the Lawyers for Jesus radio show (Listen here). Jeanne Ives is a remarkable woman who is running for governor of Illinois in the upcoming Republican Primary. Remarkable, not only for the common sense fiscal policies she brings to the state’s legislature which has bankrupted this state, but for the courage of her convictions as she stands against this State’s increasing moral bankruptcy.   Read More...

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    How Billy Graham Started Our Bible Study

    I had been practicing law about six years and had just recommitted my life to following Jesus in the prior year. My law practice was primarily real estate and one day I was negotiating a real estate contract over the phone with an attorney named Nick. As we went from paragraph to paragraph reviewing the contract and agreeing to changes, I had a thought, tell Nick about Jesus.   Read More...

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