A History of Success
After being denied several times to use its newly bought building as a place of worship, the Christian Fellowship Center (CFC) in Canton, New York hired Mauck & Baker to challenge their village's discriminatory zoning code, which allowed almost all nonprofit assembly uses except for religious worship. Shortly after filing suit, the US Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in the case, showing their support of the church and investigation into Canton's unequal treatment. CFC had long been renting from various facilities in Canton in order to hold services each week, but had nowhere to meet on March 31, 2019. As a result, church officials had cancelled service for the date. But on March 29, 2019, in the nick of time, the Court acknowledge the church's religious liberty by ruling in its favor and allowed the congregation to hold worship services there. Read More
After finding Jesus and putting their lifestyle as gang members behind them, Elias, Ruben, and Oscar used their experiences to help others leave gang life. They were able to change futures, ministering to current gang members as well as mentoring at-risk children in schools. Until the Kane County State’s Attorney and the City of Elgin labeled them as active gang members despite evidence that proved otherwise. It took years to get their names cleared, and Mauck & Baker has since appealed to the court to fully acknowledge the violation of their clients' rights. Read More
The Illinois’ Youth Mental Health Protection Act passed in 2016 prohibited therapists from counseling minors seeking help with unwanted same-sex attraction. This law affected many pastors in Illinois who uphold Biblical teachings that homosexual relationships are sinful, impacting their ability to advise youth struggling with this. As a result, Mauck & Baker founded an association of pastors who wanted to clarify the law to allow religious exceptions. We received a favorable ruling from the court that determined pastors would be exempt from this law. Read More
In 2010, Christian Assembly Rios de Agua Viva, sought to accommodate its growing congregation by contracting to purchase a building that had been vacant since 2008. While the Church’s special use permit was pending, city officials rushed through a zoning code amendment which prohibited churches at that location; intentionally engaging in religious discrimination. With the help of Mauck & Baker, the church was eventually awarded $459,801 in damages by the city. Read More
In 2017, Nurse Sandra Rojas lost her job when the county’s new administrator decided to merge the Women’s Health unit with pediatrics, requiring her to provide abortion referrals. Due to her religious beliefs she was unable to do so, and as a result was fired from her job of 18 years. Federal law prohibits government officials from compelling pro-life employees to act contrary to their conscience, so Mauck & Baker filed a complaint on behalf of Rojas who was unlawfully discriminated against.
In October 2012, Erik Sung decided to use two rooms in his home in Lake Forest, Ill. for Maum Meditation. Lake County officials determinded Maum was not a religion denying Sung the right to hold meetings in his home. Sung filed lawsuit in May 2013, and Lake County later reversed their decision calling Maum a religion. However, Lake County imposed expensive renovation requirements under the building code that Sung claims are not required.