Category Archives: Nonprofit

Building Prosperity, Holistically

When ELM attorneys and their families visit the village of San José, they find the green, volcanic hills of the Matagalpa region to be refreshingly cool compared to the rest of Nicaragua. The San José community, made up of 29 families, is fortunate to call this temperate region home. Sadly, however, the region is noted for more than just its […]

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Serving Youth: ELM Partners with New Horizons

Ellis, Li & McKinstry is proud to announce the beginning of a year-long partnership with New Horizons, a non-profit organization that serves homeless youth in Seattle and King County. Founded in 1978—a year after ELM began—and located in the same Belltown neighborhood, New Horizons is an ideal partner for ELM in its commitment to serve its […]

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Clergy housing allowance survives another challenge

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed another constitutional challenge to the clergy housing allowance.  The lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the clergy housing allowance violated the First Amendment.  The Court of Appeals held that the FFRF did not have standing because it had not been specifically injured. The housing allowance allows […]

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State Supreme Court Delivers Mixed Result in Religious Employer Case

The Washington State Supreme Court just ruled that the religious employer exemption to the state antidiscrimination law is facially constitutional.   Ellis, Li & McKinstry was involved in this case as counsel for several faith-based organizations acting as amici curiae (“friends of the court”). The brief filed by ELM was referred to several times by the […]

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Epinephrine auto-injectors in schools

The death of a Texas middle-school student last week is another high-profile anaphylaxis tragedy.  Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal.  Emergency treatment for severe cases involves prompt administration of a shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) and a call to 911 (the epinephrine shot wears off in a few minutes and additional treatment may […]

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Chase that Dream!

How often have we wanted to make a meaningful impact for good on the world and then surrendered to complacency because of a voice in our head that says “but what can I really do?” Maybe some inspiration will dampen the doubts and fears that rein us in. Buy This Land, written by ELM partner […]

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua, here we come.

The lawyers and staff at ELM have committed to come alongside the villagers of Agroaldea San José in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua.  San José is one of nine villages in Nicaragua sponsored by Agros International.  ELM will provide funding over the next five years to support the 26 families in their productive agricultural and human […]

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