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Morse v. Frederick
No. 06-278
Title:
    Deborah Morse, et al. v. Joseph Frederick

Subject:

    First Amendment, Civil Rights, Free Speech, Education Law, Illegal Substances
Question:
  1. Whether the First Amendment allows public schools to prohibit students from displaying messages promoting the use of illegal substances at school-sponsored, faculty-supervised events.

  2. Whether the Ninth Circuit departed from established principles of qualified immunity in holding that a public high school principal was liable in a damages lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 when, pursuant to the school district's policy against displaying messages promoting illegal substances, she disciplined a student for displaying a large banner with a slang marijuana reference at a school-sponsored, faculty-supervised event.
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    Parties Counsel of Record

For Petitioners:

Kenneth W. Starr
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Los Angeles, CA
For Respondent:
Douglas K. Mertz
Mertz Law Office
Juneau, AK


 

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