Warner Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

1/28/2013

Last  week, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and three Wisconsin education associations.

The issue in this case is whether a school is deemed to endorse religion by holding a graduation ceremony or other large event in a church or other religious building. The lower court found that the presence of religious symbols and church materials would cause a reasonable observer to conclude that the school endorses the religion of the church. The brief argues that governmental entities such as schools do not adopt the speech or expression of churches simply by holding an event in a religious location when facilities are chosen based on non-religious considerations.

This is the third case in the Supreme Court in which Warner Norcross attorneys have filed a brief in the last three months.

Warner Norcross partners Matthew Nelson and Gaetan Gerville-Reache wrote the brief. Nelson is the chair of the firm’s appellate practice group and a member of the firm’s Higher Education Industry Group.

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