Dred Scott v. Sandford

Source: 60 U.S. 393, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/60/393. Mr. Chief Justice Taney delivered the opinion of the court.…

Roe v. Wade

Source: 410 U.S. 113. Justice Blackmun Delivered the Opinion of the Court, Joined by Chief…

Westward Expansion

The first Europeans to land in America traveled west to do so. Many of their…

Muller v. Oregon

Source: 208 U.S. 412 (1908). Mr. Justice Brewer Delivered the Opinion of the Court The…

Minor v. Happersett

Source: 88 U.S. 162. Footnotes added by the Editor are preceded by “Ed. note.” The…

Downes v. Bidwell

Source: Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244 (1901), available at https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/182/244/. We have removed in-text references to…

Worcester v. Georgia

Source: 31 U.S. 515, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/31/515#writing-USSC_CR_0031_0515_ZO. Mr. Chief Justice MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.…

Matal v. Tam

Source: 582 U.S. https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1293. JUSTICE ALITO announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the…

Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

Source: 564 U.S. 786, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-1448.ZS.html. JUSTICE SCALIA delivered the opinion of the Court. We consider…

Snyder v. Phelps

Source: 562 U.S. 443, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/09-751.ZS.html. CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS delivered the opinion of the Court. .…

Morse v. Frederick

Source: 551 U.S. 393, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/06-278.ZS.html. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the Court. .…

Virginia v. Black

Source: 538 U.S. 343, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/01-1107.ZS.html. JUSTICE O'CONNOR announced the judgment of the Court and delivered…

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale

Source: 530 U.S. 640, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/99-699.ZO.html. CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court. Petitioners[1]…

Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union

Source: 521 U.S. 844, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/521/844. JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court. At issue…

Texas v. Johnson

Source: 491 U.S. 397, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/491/397. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court. . .…

Bethel School District v. Fraser

Source: 478 U.S. 675, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/478/675. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court. We…

Roberts v. United States Jaycees

Source: 468 U.S. 609, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/468/609. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court. This case…

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation v. Public Service Commission

Source: 447 U.S. 557, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/447/557. This case presents the question whether a regulation of the…

Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation

Source: 438 U.S. 726, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/438/726. JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court and an…

Miller v. California

Source: 413 U.S. 15, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/413/15. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court. This…

Branzburg v. Hayes

Source: 408 U.S. 665, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/408/665. Opinion of the Court by MR. JUSTICE WHITE, announced by…

New York Times Co. v. United States

Source: 403 U.S. 713, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/403/713. PER CURIAM We granted certiorari[1] in these cases in which…

Cohen v. California

Source: 403 U.S. 15, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/403/15. JUSTICE HARLAN delivered the opinion of the Court. This case…

Dennis v. United States

Source: 341 U.S. 494, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/341/494. CHIEF JUSTICE VINSON announced the judgment of the Court and…

Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire

Source: 315 U.S. 568, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/315/568. JUSTICE MURPHY delivered the opinion of the Court. Appellant, a…

Near v. Minnesota

Source: 283 U.S. 697, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/283/697. CHIEF JUSTICE HUGHES delivered the opinion of the Court. Chapter…

Gitlow v. New York

Source: 268 U.S. 652, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/268/652. JUSTICE SANFORD delivered the opinion of the Court. Benjamin Gitlow…

Abrams v. United States

Source: 250 U.S. 616, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/250/616. JUSTICE CLARKE delivered the opinion of the court. On a…

Schenck v. United States

Source: 249 U.S. 47, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/249/47. JUSTICE HOLMES delivered the opinion of the court. This is an…

Gender and Equality

"The influence of woman is not limited to the domestic circle. Society is her empire."…

The Supreme Court: Core Cases

This volume presents 25 core decisions of the Supreme Court. Arranged in chronological order, they…

Religious Liberty: Core Court Cases

Amendment I.  Ratified December 15, 1791 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,…

Reynolds v. United States

Source: 98 U.S. 145 (1879), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/98/145. We have omitted the concurring opinion by Justice Stephen J.…

Illinois ex rel. McCollum v. Board of Education of School District

Source: 396 Ill. 14, 71 N.E.2d 161, reversed, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/333/203. We have included excerpts of Justice…

Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing

Source: 330 U.S. 1 (1947), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/330/1. We have included some footnotes from the opinion. Footnotes…

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette

Source: 319 U.S. 586 (1943), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/319/624. All footnotes added by the editors. JUSTICE JACKSON delivered…

Engel v. Vitale

Source: 370 U.S. 421, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/370/421. We include excerpts of Justice Black’s opinion for the Court.…

Sherbert v. Verner

Source: 374 U.S. 398, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/374/398. The Court decided the case 7–2. We have excerpted Justice…

Lemon v. Kurtzman

Source: 403 U.S. 602 (1971) https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/411/192. All footnotes added by the editors. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER…

Wisconsin v. Yoder

Source: 406 U.S. 205 (1972); https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/406/205. We have excerpted the Court’s opinion and the dissent…

Widmar v. Vincent

Source: 454 U.S. 263, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/454/263. We include excerpts of Justice Powell’s opinion for the Court.…

Wallace v. Jaffree

Source: Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38, https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/472/38/. Footnotes added by the editors are preceded…

Lynch v. Donnelly

Source: 465 U.S. 668 (1984), https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/465/668.html. We include excerpts of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger’s…

Edwards v. Aguillard

Source: 482 U.S. 578 (1987), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/482/578. We include excerpts of Justice William J. Brennan Jr.’s…

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et al., Petitioners v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al.

Source: 584 U.S. ___ (2018), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-111. Justice Thomas, with whom Justice Gorsuch joins, concurring in part and…

Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v Smith

Source: 494 U.S. 872 (1990), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/494/872. We have included excerpts of Justice Scalia’s opinion for…

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris

Source: 536 U.S. 639 (2002) https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-1751.ZS.html. We omit Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s opinion for…

Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah

Source: 508 U.S. 520 (1993), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/91-948.ZO.html. We include only excerpts of Justice Kennedy’s opinion for…

Lee v. Weisman

Source: 505 U.S. 577, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/505/577. We include excerpts from Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the court,…

Van Orden v. Perry

Source: 543 U.S. 677 (2005), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/03-1500.ZO.html. We omit the opinion of the Court by Chief…
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