Federal judge blocks St. Paul from imposing conditions on church-based homeless shelter

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice, is quoted in the Star Tribune on a federal judge’s ruling to block the city of St. Paul from enforcing restrictions on a church-based homeless drop-in center. After neighbors of the church made a number of complaints about Listening House visitors, the city required the church to limit visitors and post a "no trespassing" sign. The judge ruled that the city's conditions on First Lutheran Church and Listening House violate the church's First Amendment rights as well as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a law passed by Congress.

"It's just absurd that neighbors and a city can tell a church who they can serve and to put up a 'no trespassing' sign on its property," said Evan, who is representing First Lutheran Church. To read the full article, click here

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