Dr. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram – Dean, Expert Witness and Former Professor NYIT and UT Dallas

Dr Gurumurthy Kalyanaram – Reports on The US Supreme Court Decisions on Affordable Healthcare Act 2010 and Mandatory Labor Union Membership for Government Employees. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram NYIT

Former Dean and former NYIT and UT Dallas professor Gurumurthy Kalyanaram reports on the recent important US Supreme Court decisions on Affordable Healthcare Act and mandatory Labor Union membership for government employees. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram Lawsuit

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Lawsuits filed by Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties led to review of certain provision of the Affordable Healthcare Act, 2010 by the US Supreme Court. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram UT Dallas

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Gurumurthy Kalyanaram, Dean, Expert Witness and Former Professor NYIT and UT Dallas, Lawsuit on Public Policy

Gurumurthy Kalyanaram – Former Dean and former NYIT and UT Dallas professor Gurumurthy Kalyanaram reports on three important US Supreme Court decisions on law and lawsuit and public policy matters issued in 2014.  Here is an executive summary of these decisions. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram UT Dallas

On Campaign Finance, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Gurumurthy Kalyanaram Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by McCutcheon against Federal Election Commission, and supported by Republican National Party, found its way to the US Supreme Court.  The Court held that that the overall limits for contributions from individuals to candidates and political parties was against freedom of expression and therefore, unconstitutional.  The Court, however, did not disturb base limits of $2,600 per election.  The Court had never before had struck down a federal contribution limit. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram NYIT Continue reading

Gurumurthy Kalyanaram – Dean and Former Professor NYIT and UT Dallas, Lawsuit and Law, Public Policy


Gurumurthy Kalyanaram – Former Dean and Public Policy, Including Politics, Law and Lawsuit and former professor NYIT and UT Dallas professor, reports here on the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding that a town/city can begin its meetings with a public prayer and such prayer does not violate freedom of religion.

Gurumurthy Kalyanaram LawsuitGalloway and other citizens filed a lawsuit in the District Court against their town, Greece in New York for violating their freedom of religion (Galloway v. Town of Greece (2014). Greece began its board meetings with a prayer. Galloway and others challenged this practice alleging that the town violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by preferring Christians over other prayer givers and by sponsoring sectarian prayers. The citizens argued that the town must include prayers from all faiths, or make reference to a generic God. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram Lawsuit

The District court dismissed the Galloway et. al. lawsuit concluding that the Christian identity of most of the prayer givers reflected the predominantly Christian character of the town’s congregations, not an official policy or practice of discriminating against minority faiths; finding that the First Amendment did not require Greece to invite clergy from congregations beyond its borders to achieve religious diversity. The Appeals Court reversed the District Court’s ruling. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram Lawsuit

Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court has now held that “the town’s practice of opening its town board meetings with a prayer offered by members of the clergy does not violate the Establishment Clause when the practice is consistent with the tradition long followed by Congress and state legislatures, the town does not discriminate against minority faiths in determining who may offer a prayer, and the prayer does not coerce participation with non-adherents.” Gurumurthy Kalyanaram NYIT

So, what is the implication? As long as the prayers are not sectarian or coercive, the prayer opportunities are offered to everyone, and anyone is allowed to say anything, then prayers are permitted and they are constitutional. To be precise, the prayer invocations should not “denigrate nonbelievers or religious minorities, threaten damnation, or preach conversion.” This is the law of the land. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram NYIT