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    Mauck & Baker Alumni Involved in Janus v. Afscme Supreme Court Case

    For the past 41 years, public workers with no interest in joining their profession’s labor union had been required to pay union dues, despite their non-involvement.However, that precedent has been altered after the Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that charging non-union members fees and union dues violates a person’s first amendment rights.This case, known as Janus v. Afscme, originated out of Springfield, IL after social worker Mark Janus declined to join the union for politic...  Read More...

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    Mauck & Baker Welcomes New Communications Manager

    Our new communications manager is Brittany Booth, a well-rounded addition to the team.After receiving her B.S. in both Multimedia Communications and Art from Olivet Nazarene University in 2015, Brittany started working in Kankakee as a freelance photographer, reporter, and graphic designer for a local newspaper: The Daily Journal. Although she enjoyed being able to practice her creativity in the field of journalism, she wanted to use her skills in a new way—through marketing.It was perfect...  Read More...

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    150 Years in the Making: First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Continues to Value God’s Law

    On July 27th, 1868, a small group of people founded a community of Christian believers that is still thriving to this very day.First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, which insists on being defined by their people, not their building, will celebrate their 150th anniversary this July. This is a significant milestone that has been achieved by the church’s dedication and God’s faithfulness over the years.Contributing to their growth is Reverend Dr. Ray Hylton, who has been First Presbyterian’s pasto...  Read More...

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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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