On This Date in Legal History

On November 6, 1991, the case of Lee v. Weisman was argued before the United Staters Supreme Court Daniel Weisman sued his daughter’s public school to bar them from inviting clergy to offer invocation and benediction prayers at her graduation. Weisman claimed that the practice violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Court ruled (in a 5 -4 decision) in his favor.

For more information watch this interview with plaintiffs Daniel Weisman and his daughter.

To learn more watch this C-Span interview with Daniel Weisman and his daughter.

Justice Kennedy, who authored the majority opinion, explained– “The sole question presented is whether a religious exercise may be conducted at a graduation ceremony in circumstances where, as we have found, young graduates who object are induced to conform. No holding by this Court suggests that a school can persuade or compel a student to participate in a religious exercise. That is being done here, and it is forbidden by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” You can read the entire decision at https://goo.gl/CAZJWF.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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