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December 7, 2012
  John Doe v. Elmbrook School District - 7th Circuit
Headline: School District Violated First Amendment in Holding Graduation in Church

Area of Law: Civil Rights

Issue(s) Presented: Does a public school violate the First Amendment by holding its graduation ceremony at a church?

Brief Summary: A public school district rented a local church to use for high school graduation ceremonies between 2000 and 2009. Several parents, students, and relatives of the school district of different religious beliefs sued, saying that the school district's use of the church for the graduation ceremonies was a religious endorsement by a governmental body, and thus violated of the First Amendment Establishment Clause. The en banc Seventh Circuit ruled that the school district's use of the space amounted to an unconstitutional governmental endorsement of religion.

The full opinion may be viewed here:

Argument (if known): 2/9/2012

Date of Issued Opinion: 7/23/2012

Docket Number: 10-2922

Decided: Reversed

Counsel (if known): Alexander J. Luchenitser, Attorney, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, DC, for Plaintiffs - Appellants.

Lori M. Lubinsky, Attorney, Axley Brynelson, Madison, WI, for Defendant - Appellee.

Author of Opinion: Judge Flaum

Edited: 01/03/2013 at 12:23 PM by Media Alerts Moderator

    Posted By: Brian Graupner @ 12/07/2012 12:00 PM     7th Circuit  

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