Academic journal article Journal of Law and Education


Academic journal article Journal of Law and Education


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Review Denied

Decisions with published opinion in lower court

DOCKET NO: 12-755

NAME: Elmbrook Sch. Dist. v. Doe 3

DATE CERT. DENIED: 6/16/2014

CITATION: 134 S. Ct. 2283

Students and their parents anonymously sued school district claiming district's practice of holding graduation ceremonies in church sanctuary violated Establishment Clause. A city with two high schools began holding their graduation ceremonies in the sanctuary of an evangelical Christian church. One of the schools also rented the church's chapel for senior honors night. Students and parents from non-Christian families complained regarding the venue itself and the church's refusal to cover or remove religious icons during the graduation ceremonies. Several non-Christian families sued to prevent the district from having graduation ceremonies in the church or alternatively requiring that all religious icons be removed or covered. The federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of the school district. The students and parents appealed. A panel of the court of appeals upheld the grant of summary judgment. Following the original decision of the panel of the court of appeals, the court granted an en banc rehearing. Held: For the students. The en banc court found that by holding graduation ceremonies at the church the district was both endorsing religion and coercing students and their families into attending events at the church. Doe ex rel. Doe v. Elmbrook Sch. Dist., 687 F.3d 840 (7th Cir. 2012), cert, denied, Elmbrook Sch. Dist. v. Doe 3, 134 S. Ct. 2283 (2014).

DOCKET NO: 13-1084

NAME: Craig v. Rich Twp. High Sch. Dist. 227

DATE CERT. DENIED: 5/19/2014

CITATION: 134 S. Ct. 2300

Dismissed high school guidance counselor brought §1983 action against former employer claiming dismissal violated First Amendment. …

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