Lee v. Weisman
Significance, Political Landscape, Graduation Traditions, Application Of Lemon, A Test For Lemon, Impact
Robert E. Lee, et al.
That nonsectarian prayers offered as invocations and benedictions at public school graduation ceremonies do not represent an infringement of the Establishment Clause suggesting separation of church and state.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
Charles J. Cooper
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Sandra A. Blanding
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens
William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
24 June 1992
Affirmed rulings of the district court and court of appeals, which held that, regardless of their content, the offering of prayers at public school graduation ceremonies constituted a violation of the Establishment Clause.
- Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 430 (1962).
- Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963).
- Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).
- Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983).
- Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985).
- Board of Education of Kiryas Joel v. Grumet, 93 U.S. 517 (1994).
- Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1990, 491.
- Biskupic, Joan, ed. Supreme Court Yearbook 1991- 1992, Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc.
- Lawton, Kim A. "Do Students Have a Prayer?" Christianity Today, 21 June 1993, p. 45.
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