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Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. was formed in 2006 to join our talents and experience in representing religious organizations. We have a principled commitment to defending the right to practice one's faith without undue governmental interference. These matters of concern include:

  • Zoning and land use
  • Eminent domain
  • Tax exemptions
  • Non-profit incorporation
  • Bylaws and governance disputes
  • Employment Issues
  • General non-profit corporate matters

We often work in conjunction with a religious organization's local or general counsel. For information on select matters handled by the firm, see the "Cases" page. More information about Mr. Storzer and Mr. Greene can be found in the "Firm Profile" section of this website.

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News

Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov
01/08/2016: Yeshiva files suit against Ocean Township for boarding school ban and variance denial

On January 8, 2016, the Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov filed suit in federal district court against Ocean Township, N.J. and the Township's Zoning Board of Adjustment, challenging the Township's laws regulating schools and the denial of the Yeshiva's use variance application under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act.  The Yeshiva is represented by S&G and the firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.  A media release is available here and the Complaint is located here.   read more »

Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov v. Village of Pomona, N.Y.
10/05/2015: Coverage of Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov v. Village of Pomona decision

"Most of Rabbinical College's Challenges To Land Use Restrictions Are To Proceed To Trial," Religion Clause (Oct. 2, 2015)

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas issued the sanctions on Sept. 29. In his 145-page opinion, Karas called it the "rare case where bad faith and a clear intent to deprive Plaintiffs of the evidence... is sufficiently clear."

A. Taylor, "Judge sanctions Pomona in rabbinical college fight," The Journal News (Oct. 5, 2015)   read more »

Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov
01/21/2016: "Yeshiva applicant fights back with lawsuit"

A lawsuit is the result of the abrupt conclusion last month to the highly scrutinized proposal for a Jewish college and dormitory. Attorneys representing the Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov’s filed suit against the Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Ocean Township Council on Jan. 8, citing a civil rights violation and discrimination after the board rejected the application for a 96-student Jewish university.

K. Walter, "Yeshiva applicant fights back with lawsuit," Atlanticville (Jan. 21, 2016)   read more »

Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov
01/13/2016: Media reports on Yeshiva lawsuit against Ocean Township

The lawsuit said the residents' efforts to pack the meetings, causing further delays in the application process, were fueled by "unsubstantiated fears of, and prejudice against, Orthodox Jewish men." It also says anti-Semitic undertones were displayed on several social media websites and in the comment sections of news organizations. . . . "This is bigotry masked as a zoning hearing, pure and simple," said Roman P. Storzer, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney representing the applicant. "The situation that the Yeshiva has faced here is exactly why Congress decided that RLUIPA's protections are necessary." 

A. Napoliello, "Yeshiva sues Shore town after denial of boarding school application," NJ Advance (Jan. 11, 2016).

The complaint said residents opposed to the yeshiva packed the Zoning Board hearings in order to delay the application, shut down proceedings becaues of capacity limitations and prolonged proceedings with "lengthy, repetitive, irrelevant and improper testimony and questioning of yeshiva's witnesses." The result, the complaint states, was an application that dragged on for 511 days, nearly four times the statutory limit of 120 days.

D. Radel, "Yeshiva group files suit against Ocean Township," Asbury Park Press (Jan. 11, 2016).

"Yeshiva Files RLUIPA Action Against New Jersey Township," Religious Clause (Jan. 12, 2016).

The applicant has decided to take the decision to court. On January 8, 2016, through the firm of Storzer & Greene, Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov filed suit against Ocean Township, N.J. and its Zoning Board of Adjustment, challenging the Township's zoning regulations and Board's denial of the Yeshiva's variance application to use an existing school building, the Talmudic academy was filed in federal district court alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA") and the Fair Housing Act.  The firm said Yeshiva is also represented by New Jersey attorney Donna M. Jennings of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

J. Kearns, "Yeshiva Files Federal Complaint in Ocean Township School Application Denial," Word on the Shore (Jan. 13, 2016)

M. Rephun, "Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment Sued for Denying Yeshiva Application, "Jewish Political News & Updates (Jan. 12, 2016).   read more »

Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov v. Village of Pomona, N.Y.
09/30/2015: Rabbinical College lawsuit headed to trial

On September 29, 2015, the federal district court for the Southern District of New York issued its decision and order denying summary judgment on most claims in the Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov litigation, holding that "[t]here is ample evidence in the record to make the question of discriminatory purpose a disputed fact" and that "'the building of rabbinical college,' of which student housing would be a part, 'falls squarely within [the] definition of ‘religious exercise,’' and that 'the multi-family dormitories that [Plaintiffs] seek to build are intended to facilitate religious exercise.'"  The opinion is available here.   read more »

Publications & Events

01/13/2016: Visit S&G's new Twitter resource: RLUIPALaw

RLUIPALaw is the leading Internet resource tracking opinions, news, scholarship, and other developments related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.   read more »

02/06/2015: 2015 GW Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition

Roman Storzer served as a quarterfinal judge in George Washington University Law School's annual religious freedom moot court competition.  The 2015 problem involves claims of conscience raised by teachers against a hypothetical law in Washington, D.C. that requires teachers and administrators to carry firearms on public school property during school hours.   read more »

09/30/2014: S&G submits opinion letter to ANC regarding historic landmark regulation of St. Thomas church

In a letter to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B of the District of Columbia, S&G attorneys write: "[L]ocal opponents’ desire to have church ruins 'preserved in their original state, context and place' cannot outweigh the fundamental free exercise rights of a house of worship.  Forcing a church to maintain, at its own expense and its own detriment, the remnants of a religious structure based on the desires of a few who wish only to benefit from—but not support the costs of—such structure, irrespective of the church’s needs, is neither reasonable nor permitted under the law."   read more »

08/16/2014: RLUIPA law review article by S&G attorneys selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, 2014 edition

“Christian Parking, Hindu Parking: Applying Established Civil Rights Principles to RLUIPA’s Nondiscrimination Provision,” published at 16 Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int. 295 (2013), has been selected to be reprinted in the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook.  The Handbook "opens with a survey of recent developments in zoning and land use law, including Supreme Court and lower court decisions and legislative and administrative activity. The handbook offers a cutting-edge perspective on the most critical land use, zoning law, and conservation issues of our time."   read more »

03/12/2014: S&G becomes a Cooperating Organization with the PBS "God In America" series Defending Religious Liberty in the 21st Century

    Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. welcomes God in America viewers to our website at www.storzerandgreene.com, which contains information about our work in the modern day defense of religious liberty. The pages located here describe various kinds of government actions that inhibit the rights of people to freely practice their religious faith. Our cases involve the Amish, Native Americans, Buddhists, various Christian denominations, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others. We believe that religious liberty for all is a critical part of our American experience.   read more »