Sturgill Turner’s attorneys have significant experience in representing charitable and civic organizations, foundations, religious organizations and other tax exempt organizations. We can guide these groups through formation and dissolution, organizational policies and procedures, board governance issues, applications for tax exempt status, and compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. We’re also experienced in drafting bylaws and operational policies for nonprofit and religiously affiliated organizations to protect their constitutional rights of association and free exercise.
Our attorneys understand the unique realm of law occupied by religious institutions due to the protection their activities receive under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause, and similar principles protected by the Kentucky Constitution. Members of our team have defended the autonomy of religious institutions from unreasonable government action in courts and legislatures across the country.
When it comes to religious educational institutions, Sturgill Turner’s attorneys recognize the constitutional limitations placed upon government intrusion. Our clients in this area include colleges, universities, and K-12 religious schools, and we work closely with them to protect their religious liberty appropriately. Our attorneys are also well-versed in the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine and its ministerial exception, and how they apply to educational institutions.
- Bryan Beauman has considerable experience advising and advocating for religious institutions based on his service as Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. At ADF, Bryan focused on coordinating allied attorney efforts throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia to defend and preserve religious liberty, life, marriage and the family. He frequently is invited to speak on these issues at national conferences.
- Kevin Henry has obtained favorable determinations of exempt status from the IRS Exempt Organizations office for several 501(c)(3) non-profits, including the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, which built a fully-accessible, artificial surface baseball field and facilities for special needs children and adults. Another entity he assisted, Green Forests Work, conducts tree planting projects on reclaimed strip mine sites throughout the 16 Appalachian states, including re-introduction of the great American Chestnut tree to Appalachia.
- Kevin Henry served on the Diocesan Review Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington for 8 years.