CASESchwartz v. City of New York

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An Orthodox Jewish psychotherapist filed a federal lawsuit against the city of New York for violating his freedom of speech and infringing on his religious faith and that of his patients. Dr. Dovid Schwartz, a licensed psychotherapist and member of the Chabad Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish Community in Brooklyn, is challenging the city’s ordinance that prohibits certain patient-counselor conversations that the New York City Council disfavors. The counseling censorship law extends to the counseling of willing adult patients and threatens increasing fines of $1,000, $5,000, or $10,000 for first, second, and subsequent violations.
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NYC Council votes to repeal law that censors psychotherapist’s private conversations with patients

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NYC Council votes to repeal law that censors psychotherapist’s private conversations with patients

ADF attorneys represent Orthodox Jewish counselor who sued to protect his First Amendment freedoms

Sep 27, 2019 Read More

Psychotherapist asks court to halt NYC’s censorship of private conversations with adult patients

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Psychotherapist asks court to halt NYC’s censorship of private conversations with adult patients

An Orthodox Jewish psychotherapist, his Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, and local co-counsel Barry Black will participate in a news conference following a federal court hearing Wednesday in their lawsuit against the city of New York. 

Jun 18, 2019 Read More

Psychotherapist challenges NYC’s censorship of private conversations with adult patients

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Psychotherapist challenges NYC’s censorship of private conversations with adult patients

ADF represents Orthodox Jewish counselor opposing city’s speech ban.

Jan 24, 2019 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/schwartz-v.-city-of-new-york/schwartz-v-city-of-new-york---declaration-of-rabbi-dr-tzvi-hersh-weinreb.pdf?sfvrsn=d0b6b6f1_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/schwartz-v.-city-of-new-york/schwartz-v-city-of-new-york---expert-declaration-of-lawrence-s-mayer-m-d-ph-d.pdf?sfvrsn=6873ab26_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/schwartz-v.-city-of-new-york/schwartz-v-city-of-new-york---complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=a8d0354_6
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Trial Court
Declaration of Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Apr 11 2019
Trial Court
Expert declaration of Lawrence S. Mayer, M.D., Ph.D. Apr 11 2019
Trial Court
Complaint Jan 23 2019

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