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Lightman v. Flaum & Weinberger
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division -- Second Department

New York Supreme Court
Appellate Division -- Second Department
CHANI LIGHTMAN,
Plaintiff-Respondent,
against
RABBI TZVI FLAUM and RABBI DAVID WEINBERGER,
Defendants-Appellants.


BRIEF OF THE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OF THE UNION OF ORTHODOX JEWISH CONGREGATIONS OF AMERICA AS AMICUS CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS

NATHAN J. DIAMENT
Counsel for the Institute for
Public Affairs of the Union
of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America
11 Broadway
Suite 1400
New York, NY 10004
(212)613-8123
TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES..............................i

INTEREST OF THE AMICUS CURIAE.....................1

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT.............................2

ARGUMENT..........................................3

  1. C.P.L.R. 4505'S PURPOSE IS TO PROTECT
    AND PROMOTE THE FUNCTION OF CLERGY WITHIN
    NEW YORK STATE AND MUST NOT BE TRANSFORMED
    INTO A WEAPON, THUS UNDERCUTTING THESE
    GOALS.......................................4
    1. C.P.L.R.4505's History Clearly

      Demonstrates Its Purpose .............5
    2. C.P.L.R. 4505 Must Empower Clergy
      Of All Faiths in its Operation .......7
  2. SECULAR COURTS MAY NOT INTERVENE IN
    DISPUTES WHICH REQUIRE THE INTERPRETATION OF
    ECCLESIASTICAL LAW .........................7
CONCLUSION........................................9

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