On This Date in Legal History

On June 4, 1990, the United States Supreme Court decided Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens. The case involved public high school students who tried to create a student-led, voluntary, Christian bible study club. The students intended to meet after hours on school grounds, but the school board denied their request to form the club. They felt the club would violate the Establishment Clause. The students sued the Board of Education, and the United States Supreme Court found in their favor (in an 8-1 decision).

Sandra Day O'Connor being sworn in a Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger. Her husband, John O'Connor, looks on. (Sept. 25, 1981). Picture courtesy the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration.

Justice O’Connor authored the majority decision in Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens. In this photo, taken September 25, 1981, she’s being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, with her husband by her side. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration.

You can read the entire decision at http://bit.ly/1BN3HtC, and watch an informative video regarding this landmark case at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l4_01VbfIY.

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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