Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in the Schools

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Five

BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT

FOr THe LaWYerS IVOLVeD In the Engel case, Tuesday, April 3, 1962, was a day they would remember for a lifetime. On that day, each took his turn to stand before America's most powerful justices and answer questions and present arguments that he hoped would win the case for his side. The lawyers had one-half hour each to make their case. William J. Butler, representing the five parents opposed to the prayer, would go first, followed by Bertram B. Daiker, speaking for the school board. Porter B. Chandler, lawyer for the parents supporting the prayer, would end the session.

Chandler had argued successfully before the Court in a 1936 case, Valentine v. United States, involving the extradition of American citizens to France. He had also filed an amicus curiae brief for the New York State Catholic Welfare Committee in a 1953 Supreme Court case about film censorship.

Butler, too, had filed a brief, for the ACLU, in a previous U.S. Supreme Court case in 1958, although he had never argued before the Court.

Daiker had never had any dealings with the Supreme Court. The forty-seven-year-old lawyer had been handling cases for twenty years when the Engel suit brought him to Washington, D.C. In addition to the school board, he represented a group of Lutheran churches among other

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 2
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • One - The Regents' Prayer 12
  • Two - A Constitution and a Bill of Rights 18
  • Three - First Amendment on Trial 38
  • Four - A Prayer Goes to Court 66
  • Five - Before the Supreme Court 79
  • Six - A Landmark Desicion 98
  • Seven - Politics and Religion: A Potent Mix 125
  • Timeline 134
  • Notes 137
  • Further Information 146
  • Bibliography 150
  • Index 156
  • About the Author 160
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