CASETree of Life Christian Schools v. City of Upper Arlington

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Upper Arlington, Ohio, officials refused to allow Tree of Life Christian Schools to apply for zoning approval after it purchased the former America Online/Time-Warner building. A zoning regulation prohibits schools within the zone but permits daycare facilities and other similar uses.
News Releases

US Supreme Court won’t weigh in on city’s discrimination against Christian school

Religious Freedom

US Supreme Court won’t weigh in on city’s discrimination against Christian school

High court declines to take up case of Ohio Christian school prevented by govt from educating in its own building

May 13, 2019 Read More

Broad support against religious discrimination filed with US Supreme Court

Religious Freedom

Broad support against religious discrimination filed with US Supreme Court

High court receives briefs in favor of Ohio Christian school prevented by govt from educating in its own building

Feb 20, 2019 Read More

Ohio Christian school takes its zoning discrimination case to US Supreme Court

Religious Freedom

Ohio Christian school takes its zoning discrimination case to US Supreme Court

ADF attorneys represent school denied ability to educate in its own building for more than eight years

Jan 16, 2019 Read More

Ohio Christian school continues fight to educate in building after more than six-year legal battle

Religious Freedom

Ohio Christian school continues fight to educate in building after more than six-year legal battle

Despite win at 6th Circuit, district court again rules against school, ADF attorneys file appeal

Nov 14, 2017 Read More

6th Circuit rules in favor of Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

Religious Freedom

6th Circuit rules in favor of Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

City of Upper Arlington’s attempt to discriminate against Tree of Life Schools can proceed to trial

May 19, 2016 Read More

ADF to 6th Circuit: Ohio city’s zoning code should not punish Christian school

Religious Freedom

ADF to 6th Circuit: Ohio city’s zoning code should not punish Christian school

ADF attorney available to media following oral arguments Wednesday

Apr 28, 2015 Read More

Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

Religious Freedom

Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

Alliance Defending Freedom appeals ruling against school

Sep 11, 2012 Read More

ADF files federal suit against Ohio city for blocking Christian school from using its own building

Religious Freedom

ADF files federal suit against Ohio city for blocking Christian school from using its own building

Upper Arlington’s problematic zoning code blocks Christian school but would allow daycare facility, other similar uses  

Jan 05, 2011 Read More
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Court Title Date
U.S. Supreme Court
Reply brief for petitioner Apr 12 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - American Center for Law and Justice Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - Association of Christian Schools International Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - CatholicVote.org Education Fund Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints et al. Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - Citizens for Community Values Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - Civil Liberties for Urban Believers and Southeastern Legal Foundation Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - The Islam & Religious Freedom Action Team of the Religious Freedom Institute Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty Feb 19 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari - Parents of Students of Tree of Life Christian School Feb 14 2019
U.S. Supreme Court
Petition for writ of certiorari Jan 16 2019
Appellate Court
Sixth Circuit Opinion (2018) Sep 18 2018
Trial Court
Notice of appeal (2017) Nov 08 2017
Trial Court
District court opinion and order on remand Oct 13 2017
Appellate Court
Sixth Circuit Opinion (2016) May 18 2016
Trial Court
Notice of Appeal (2012) Sep 11 2012
Trial Court
Summary judgment order Aug 16 2012
Trial Court
Complaint Jan 05 2011

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SCOTUSblog case page: Tree of Life Christian Schools v. City of Upper Arlington

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