Recent Developments in the Law-Supreme Court Decisions

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Education Law cases Carried over from the Court's 2003-2004 Appellate Docket

DOCKET NO.: 02-1672

NAME: Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education

DATE: June 14, 2004

CITATION: cert, granted, 309 F.3d 1333 (11th Cir. 2002)

DOCKET NO.: 03-1524

NAME: Haeberle v. University of Louisville

DATE: May 6, 2004

CITATION: cert, filed, 6th Cir. Unpublished Opinion

DOCKET NO.: 03-1557

NAME: Salehpoor v. Shahinpoor

DATE: May 18,2004

CITATION: cert. filed, 358 F.3d 782 (10th Cir. 2004)

DOCKET NO.: 03-1598

NAME: Rector and Visitors of George Mason University v. Shepard

DATE: May 26, 2004

CITATION: cert, filed, 182 Ed. Law Rep. 92 (4th Cir. 2003)

DOCKET NO.: 03-1628

NAME: George Mason University v. Litman

DATE: June 1, 2004

CITATION: cert. filed, 4th Cir. Unpublished Opinion

DOCKET NO.: 03-1661

NAME: Johnson v. Baker

DATE: June 14, 2004

CITATION: cert, filed, 6th Cir. Unpublished Opinion

Final Decision

DOCKET NO.: 02-1624

NAME: Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow

DATE: Feb. 14, 2004

Non-custodial father of an elementary school student sued the school district claiming that the mandatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, including the words "under God," violated the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. The father (Newdow), an atheist, claimed that because the pledge included the words "under God," the school district's policy of having all the students recite it each morning, was in fact a form of religious indoctrination that violates the First Amendment. …