The Last Two Defendants Plead Guilty to Charges Related To The Death of Collin Wiant

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Collin Wiant died on November 12, 2018,in an apparent hazing incident compounded by the use of drugs. Now, two years later, the final defendants facing criminal charges relating to his death have plead guilty.[1]...
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IRS Proposed Group Exemption Rules

Amy Hebbeler, Fraternal Law Partners, Amy.Hebbeler@manleyburke.com Group exemptions are an efficient tool that tax-exempt organizations utilize, especially national fraternities and sororities, in streamlining the federal exemption process for their subordinates. Under a group exemption, subordinate organizations affiliated with a central...
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Bostock Decision and its Impact on Title IX

Micah Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, mkamrass@manleyburke.com On June 15, 2020 the Supreme Court of the United States decided an employment law case captioned Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.[1]Ultimately, the Court held that Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis...
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The Unique Challenges of the Coming Year(s)

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com The upcoming academic year may be the most challenging in the history of collegiate fraternal organizations! Some campuses may not open, at least not in the traditional sense.  Those that do may not remain open...
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Following Defeats in Court, Harvard Abandons Its Anti-Fraternity and Sorority Policy

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com   Harvard, perhaps the most prestigious and powerful university in the country, has apparently given up its fight to punish its students who elect to join off-campus single sex organizations.  Facing litigation in both...
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Two Good Zoning Decisions – Newark Delaware Changes Course

Tim Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@fraternallaw.com The City of Newark, Delaware embarked on an effort to permanently shut down the Kappa Alpha house that was first occupied by students who were members of the fraternity at the University of Delaware...
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Positive Development in Pennsylvania Zoning Case

Jeffrey Rosario Turco, Law Office of Jeffrey Rosario Turco Another significant zoning victory has been allowed to stand by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Here is the report from Jeffrey Rosario Turco, an attorney from Chelsea, Massachusetts, who represented the Alpha...
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Five Questions For Fall 2020

Sean Callan, Fraternal Law Partners, sean.callan@fraternallaw.com Greek life faces an uncertain future in the near term.  Fraternal organizations face challenges in every facet of their business including housing, operations, finance, recruitment, charitable giving – the list is endless.  As fraternities...
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California Court Of Appeal Holds That Sorority Members Do Not Owe A Duty In A Negligence Case Based On Their Agreement To Abide By University Risk Management Policies And Protocols

Michael Osborne, San Francisco Office of Cokinos | Young, mosborne@cokinoslaw.com In a case of first impression in California, the California Court of Appeal has certified for publication a very recent opinion that rejects a plaintiff’s efforts to base a claim...
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More Guilty Pleas in Ohio University Hazing Death

Jim Schirmer, Manley Burke LPA, jim.schirmer@manleyburke.com In the wake of the death of Collin Wiant on November 12, 2018, Elijah R. Wahib, 22, of Westlake, OH, has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony obstruction of justice, felony permitting drug...
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