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Written by attorney Terry S. Lu William Dukes was incarcerated for 15 years, 6 months, 2 days, and 45 minutes for a crime he didn’t commit.  In 1993, a grandmother and her granddaughter were discovered dead in a bathtub. Based upon questionable witness testimony, the police focused their investigation on William. The police repeatedly pulled him into the station for questioning, interrogated him, dropped in on him unannounced at work, talked with the people who…
Written by attorney Richard C. Baker  It’s that time of year again and high on the list among the things that a church should be considering at year’s end is the housing allowance for its ministers for the next calendar year, 2020. The housing allowance is a very important tax benefit for ministers but, without proper attention, can be lost or diminished for a specific year. By way of review, in cases where the church…
Written by Susan G. Thomas Charitable solicitation is more complex than just asking for donations. In fact, there are a number of essential regulatory procedures that nonprofits must stay up to date with to stay off the charitable solicitation “naughty list.” Currently 39 states and the District of Columbia have charitable solicitation laws requiring a nonprofit organization to register prior to soliciting or accepting donations from residents in that particular state. To ensure that your…
The Twelve Days of Lawyers for Jesus Podcasts You Need to Hear this Christmas Mauck & Baker produced a record amount of 113 Lawyers for Jesus shows this year! We’ve appreciated the support of our listeners every step of the way, and had a lot of amazing guests. Although every interview was special, we’ve chosen the “12 days of Lawyers for Jesus” that will be especially inspiring to you this Christmas season.   In the…
Our firm is comprised of many diverse lawyers. On this page, you’ll learn the languages, cultural backgrounds, and voices of Mauck & Baker through popular Christmas songs. Enjoy! Sorin A. Leahu – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (in Romanian) “What I like about that song is that it is one of the most, if not the most, theologically rich and gospel centered Christmas songs. ‘Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more…
What can Christian evangelists, petition passers, and Trump protesters all get behind? The answer would be free speech, as yet another group has now objected to the City of Chicago’s rules in Millennium Park where officials continue to violate this fundamental right. The City is now fending off legal action from three different groups whose rights have been infringed: 1. On September 18, the firm of Mauck & Baker filed a complaint in federal court…
Having allies can make all the difference when it comes to quick action in a critical situation. We witnessed one such example of this recently when our firm and several others were contacted by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) regarding a situation where a young woman was in need of protection from her parents who were coercing to get an abortion. When she went to stay at the home of her boyfriend’s parents to escape the…
What can Christian evangelists, petition passers, and Trump protesters all get behind? The answer would be free speech, as yet another group has now objected to the City of Chicago’s rules in Millennium Park where officials continue to violate this fundamental right. The City is now fending off legal action from three different groups whose rights have been infringed: 1. On September 18, the firm of Mauck & Baker filed a complaint in federal court…
He’s back! After a three year hiatus, Andrew Willis has returned to our firm in a new way. Andrew’s connection to Mauck & Baker began when he was hired as the firm’s communications manager shortly after graduating from Liberty University in 2014. But a year and a half later, Andrew left to follow his calling to become a lawyer. “Law school was a formative time for me in my professional and intellectual growth. Any lawyer…
In conjunction with AM 1160’s FREE annual pastors’ conference, Mauck & Baker is hosting a panel on Friday, November 15, to discuss common crises that occur within churches, and how to both prevent them and navigate them if they occur. The panel will consist of four knowledgeable Christian professionals, each experienced in a different area crucial to the well-being, accountability, safety, and compliance of your congregation. Meet the panelists: Richard Baker – Partner attorney with…