Religious Institutions and the Law (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $180 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2019


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the November 2016 webcast, Religious Institutions and the Law.

Why Attend?

Become better equipped as a lawyer or administrator to meet increasing challenges to the free exercise of religion and the operation of churches and other religious institutions. Topics covered include:

  • Entity Structure
  • Relationships Creating Duties and Liabilities
  • Contractual Relationships
  • Relations with Other Church-Related Entities/Organizations
  • Religious Liberty

This interactive seminar will inform churches and other faith-based institutions, through their legal counsel and administrators, of specific challenges, considerations, and opportunities in protecting and representing these institutions in light of their rapidly changing legal environment.





Daniel A. Carrell,
Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC /Richmond

Daniel A. Carrell is a founding principal of the firm of Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC.  Based in its Richmond office, his practice focuses on civil litigation and commercial transactions.  A former Moderator of and a longtime Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, he has counseled churches, para-church organizations, and other religious institutions throughout over 40 years of law practice.

Jack W. (JB) Burtch, Jr., Burtch Law PLLC / Richmond

Jack W. (“JB”) Burtch, Jr., practices law with Burtch Law PLLC in Richmond. Throughout his career, JB’s law practice has focused on labor and employment law, representing companies, educational institutions, nonprofits, churches and religious institutions, executives and professionals (including clergy).  He has had leadership roles in the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and currently serves as the Senior Warden of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. 

Douglas R. Burtch, Burtch Law PLLC / Richmond

Douglas R. Burtch is owner and principal of Burtch Law PLLC in Richmond.  His practice focuses on employment law matters, while also encompassing school law, aspects of administrative and healthcare law, and business disputes. Mr. Burtch was born and raised in the Episcopal Church, has worked for church camps, serves on church boards, and regularly counsels churches, religious schools, and other religious organizations in his law practice.

Matthew D. Fender, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond

Matthew D. Fender is an Associate at McGuireWoods LLP.  His practice consists primarily of commercial litigation matters, with focus on insurance recovery and environmental issues.  He is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, and he frequently litigates religious liberty issues for churches and Christian schools.

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