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Landmark Supreme Court Case Project

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Cornell University Law School  Legal Information Institute - Supreme Court

     Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990) 

     Hazelwood School Dist. v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988) 

     Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) 

     New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985) 

     Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) 

     Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978) 

     Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989) 

     Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969) 


FindLaw's searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893 (U.S. Supreme Court Decisions:
U.S. Reports 150-, 1893-).  Browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and searchable by citation,
case title and full text.   

Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)

Regents of the U. of California v. Bakke (1978)

New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985)

Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

Texas v. Johnson (1989)

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Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Tinker v  Des Moines  (1969)

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke  (1978)

Pyler v. Doe (1982)

New Jersey v. T. L. O. (1985)

Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier  (1988)

Westside Community Schools v. Mergens  (1990)

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases

A list of 79 Supreme Court cases in which the American Civil Liberties Union was involved either as a counsel of record or friend-of-the-court can be found at the ACLU web site. Understand how the cases are ranked by relevance and authority. The higher the ranking, the more importance the case has as a landmark decision. Select a case name to read about the issues discussed, the legal question presented, the case summary and the Supreme Court's decision.
Topic: American Civil Liberties Union, United States.--Supreme Court--Cases http://aclu.procon.org

Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District

Can school administrators legally prevent students from expressing their views on controversial topics? If this question interests you, then visit this web site to learn more about a landmark Supreme Court case (Tinker vs. Des Moines) that involved free speech rights of students. The site is very user friendly; in addition to the case summary, there are convenient links to discussions of the legal issue, the Court's decision, other resources and an audiotape of the oral argument that occurred when the case was argued before the Supreme Court.
Topic: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), Freedom of speech    Audio    http://www.texasbar.com

Tinker vs. Des Moines (1969)

Visit this resource to read about and / or listen to a discussion of the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District, a case involving students' constitutional right to freedom of speech. The audio includes comments from a law professor who explains the reasoning of the Court in the 1969 decision as well as the importance of the Tinker case as it continues, over forty years later, to protect student expression from overly restrictive school authorities.
Topic: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), Freedom of speech    Audio    http://www.uscourts.gov

Supreme Court Cases

Although this page looks like it is only a list of historic Supreme Court cases, it actually will lead you to extensive information about each one of the cases listed. Close to 40 cases are reviewed. Click on the name of one of the cases to learn when it was decided and to read the historical background information. Review the circumstances of the case, understand the Constitutional issues and examine the arguments. The decisions and rationale are explained and questions for discussion are included.
Topic: United States.--Supreme Court--Cases   Language: English     http://www.phschool.com

Attorney Philip Hirschkop Discusses the Landmark Loving Versus Virginia case

An overview of the Loving versus Virginia case includes some background information on the events that led up to the legalization of interracial marriage. You can read and listen to this overview prior to listening to attorney Philip Hirschkop discuss the case. He explains how the times have changed since this period of time where racial separation was accepted. He discusses why these types of cases are important, describes Mrs. Loving, and recalls how she didn't want publicity and just wanted to be left alone and raise her three children.
Topic: Loving v. Virginia (1967), Interracial marriage   Language: English  Lexile: 1100   Audio     http://www.aclu.org

Loving v. Virginia 1967

This entry for the Encyclopedia of Virginia discusses the landmark case involving married couple Mildred Jeter Loving a black woman and Richard Perry Loving a white man, whose marriage was not recognized as legal because of the state's Racial Integrity Act forbidding interracial marriages. The article includes details on the Loving's 1959 sentence, suspended by the Judge on the condition that they leave the state of Virginia for 25 years and appealed in 1963 with the help of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Included is a timeline of events in the case.
Topic: Interracial marriage, Loving v. Virginia (1967)   Language: English   Lexile: 1300    Encyclopedia

Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions

Over forty years have passed since the legalization of interracial marriage. This article examines this historical event and the people responsible. It tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving who just wanted to get married because they were in love, but were arrested in their home in Virginia. It describes how the original judge upheld his decision to ban interracial marriage and the legal actions that eventually led to the Loving Decision. Interracial couples of today are discussed as well.  
Topic: Interracial marriage, Loving v. Virginia (1967)   Language: English    Lexile: 1030  Audio     News Source     http://www.npr.org

10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know

Study ten Supreme Court cases important to teenagers. A 1967 case ruled that teenagers had rights and weren't just the property of their parents. A case in 1969 affirmed that students had freedom of expression as long as it doesn't disrupt classwork. A 1985 decision affirmed the rights of school officials to search students' property, given reasonable suspicion. Other tackled issues like corporal punishment, school prayer, school newspaper censorship, student athlete drug testing, and affirmative action.
Topic: Children's rights, United States.--Supreme Court--Cases   Language: English    Lexile: 1340