Adler et al. v. Board of Education of the City of New York - Significance, The Feinberg Law
Two parents of school children, and four teachers
New York City Board of Education
The Supreme Court should invalidate the Feinberg Law, which declared it illegal for school teachers to "advocate, advise, teach, or embrace" the overthrow of the government by force and violence.
Chief Lawyer for Appellants
Osmond K. Fraenkel
Chief Lawyer for Appellees
Michael A Castaldi
Justices for the Court
Harold Burton, Tom C. Clark, Robert H. Jackson, Sherman Minton (writing for the Court), Stanley Forman Reed, Fred Moore Vinson
Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter
Date of Decision
3 March 1952
The Court affirmed lower court rulings that the Feinberg Law was constitutional.
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- Keyishian v. Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, 385 U.S. 589 (1967).
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