Tag Archives: 1st Amendment

On This Date in Legal History

On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. That case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each public school day, at least … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In The News

This past week the United States Supreme Court held that a federal law banning the registration of disparaging trademarks violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.  Take a look at this interesting case– Matal v. Tam– at https://goo.gl/LJoD8k.

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, In The News This Week, Lawsuit, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On June 24, 1992, the United States Supreme Court decided Lee v. Weisman. 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 … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. The case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each school day, at least ten … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. Debs was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On June 11, 2001, the United States Supreme Court decided Good News Club v. Milford Central School. The case arose after Milford Central School denied Good News Club’s request to conduct their weekly after-school meetings in their school cafeteria. The … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Week in History

On June 9, 1987, the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz. Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg State Prison claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights. Prisoners assigned to work off-site weren’t … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, This Week in History, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On May 28, 1982, Ishmael Jaffree filed a complaint on behalf of his children against teachers, administrators and school board officials in Mobile, Alabama.  The complaint alleged that his children were “subjected to various acts of religious indoctrination” at their … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

In August 1965 a law passed that made it a federal crime to destroy or mutilate a draft card. On March 31, 1966, David Paul O’Brien, and three others, burnt their Selective Service registration certificates to show their opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting. In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones, and bricks that broke windows and doors. The police were unable to … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

Taxpayers sued New York City’s Board of Education in order to challenge a policy that permitted students to leave school during the day to attend religious instruction elsewhere. No public funds were used and no religious instruction took place on … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On November 14, 1968, Vietnam protesters attempted to disseminate literature against the draft and war at Lloyds Center in Portland, Oregon. The mall had a policy, however, that prohibited the distribution of handbills on its premises that had no relation … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. He timed his demonstration to coincide with the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The delegates were meeting to renominate Reagan for … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

A West Virginia newspaper, the Charleston Daily Mail, published the name of a 14-year-old who was apprehended and taken into custody for allegedly shooting a classmate at school. Reporters were able to determine the name of the student shooter simply by … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On March 11, 1943, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case arose after the Board of Education required all public school students to use a “stiff-arm” salute while reciting the Pledge … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. He was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military recruitment during World War … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

On March 2, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided Snyder v. Phelps. Snyder, the father of a marine who died serving in Iraq, sued the Westboro Baptist Church (“Westboro”) and its founder, Fred Phelps, for picketing near his son’s funeral … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On This Date in Legal History

The Good News Club, a private Christian organization for children, wanted to use Milford Central School property for their after school meetings. Milford denied their request. The Club sued, claiming that their rights to free speech were violated. Their case … Continue reading

Posted in Civics, Constitutional Law, History/Social Studies Common Core Curriculum, Lawsuit, On This Date, Social Studies, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment