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Emilio Sosa

Problem Solvers for Religious and Nonprofit Organizations, Property Owners and Businesses

Emilio Sosa graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at Kenyon, he was a four-year varsity lacrosse player. During the fall of his junior year, Emilio studied Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. After graduating from undergrad, Emilio attended and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law School where he graduated cum laude status. He also received the Dean’s Scholarship prior to commencement of school and made the Dean’s List multiple times during his three years of law school. At Detroit Mercy, Emilio was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court and served as Title Editor. He also served as student attorney for the Environmental Law Clinic. In the summer of 2021, Emilio took a position as a judicial intern for former Judge David A. Groner while he served on the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan. In 2022, he worked as a summer associate for Dalton & Tomich. Outside of work, Emilio is a dedicated Detroit sports fan and enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. He is a volunteer coach for the First Tee (Greater Detroit chapter) which is a youth development organization that enables kids to build strength of character through the game of golf.

  • Apostolic Church v. Borough of Pemberton, 10-cv-03609 (N.J. 2010)
  • Harvest Market Missionary Ministries, v. Borough of Pine Hill, 11-cv-01179 (N.J. 2011)
  • Iglesia Cristiana Renacer v. City of Lynn, 11-cv-11945 (Mass. 2011)
  • No Limits Christian Ministries, Inc. v. City of Mountain Home, 11-cv-00255 (Idaho 2011)
  • Teesdale v. City of Chicago, 792 F. Supp. 2d 978 (N.D.Ill. 2011)
  • Harvest Covenant Church v. City of Milwaukee, 12-cv-00549 (E.D. Wisc. 2012)
  • The Life Center, Inc. v. City of Elgin, 13-cv-2842 (N.D. Ill 2013)
  • Lela, et. al. v. Board of Trustees, 14-cv-05417 (N.D. Ill. 2014)
  • Mount Zion Church of God in Christ v. Garden City, 14-cv-01361 (Kansas 2014)
  • River Hills Community Church v. Village of Sauk City, 14-cv-00048 (W.D. Wisc. 2014)
  • Liberty Baptist Church v. Crawford County, 15-cv-01130 (Kansas 2015)
  • World Outreach Conference Center v. City of Chicago, 787 F.3d 839 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • The King’s Tabernacle v. Town of Johnston, Rhode Island, 16-cv-00030 (Rhode Island 2016)
  • Original Bible Church of Illinois v. City of Markham, 16-cv-11315 (N.D. Illinois 2016)
  • New Life in Jesus Ministry v. City of Dothan, Alabama, 17-cv-00694 (Alabama 2017
  • Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ v. City of Markham, Illinois, 913 F.3d 670 (7th Cir. 2019)
  • City Walk – Urb. Mission Inc. v. Wakulla Cnty. Fla., 471 F. Supp. 3d 1268 (N.D. Fla. 2020)
  • Church at Jackson v. Hinds Cnty., Mississippi, No. 3:21-CV-298-HTW-LGI, 2021 WL 4344886 (S.D. Miss. 2021)
  • Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, Inc. v. City of St. Pete Beach, FL, 515 F. Supp.3d 1226 (M.D. Fla. 2021)
  • Rojas v. Martell, 2020 IL App (2d) 190215
  • Service Award, Alliance Defending Freedom, 2017
  • Bronze Service Award, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • National Litigation Academy Honor Corps, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • 2014 Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2015 and 2016
  • Board Member, Rockford Rescue Mission
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Allied Attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Board Member, Courtside Ministries
  • Advisory Council Member, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)
  • Member, Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • How a little-known federal land use law could help combat antisemitism in America (2021)
  • Amicus curiae brief in support of the ministerial housing allowance in Gaylor v. Mnuchin (2018)
  • Amicus curiae brief filed in the United States Supreme Court case of NIFLA v. Becerra on behalf of 23 Illinois pregnancy care centers.
  • “Leveling the Playing Field: A Guide for Churches Navigating the Religious Land Use and Zoning Process,” with Daniel P. Dalton, May 2018
  • Noel has had many speaking engagements, including:
    • “Modern Shifts in Religious Liberty Law,” University of Chicago Federalist Society, November 17, 2021
    • “Protecting Religious Freedom Through Federal Land Use Laws,” Christian Legal Society National Conference, October 30, 2021
    • “Employer Vaccine Mandates and Religious Exemption Requests,” Winnebago County Bar Association, October 20, 2021
    • “Religious Land Use Litigation Since 2000,” ABA Midyear Meeting, Houston 2015
    • “When Civil Liberties and Zoning Powers Collide,” Christian Legal Society
    • “Resolving Church Property Disputes:  Past, Present, and Future,” Christian Legal Society National Conference, October 2022 
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