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Rosenberger v. University of Virginia

Significance, Jefferson's University, An Issue Of Speech, The Uniqueness Of Religion Cases


Ronald W. Rosenberger, Wide Awake Productions, and others


Rectors and Visitors of the University of Virginia and others

Petitioner's Claim

That denying commonly available school funds to a student religious organization by a public university violated the First Amendment's Speech Clause.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Michael W. McConnell

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

John C. Jefferies, Jr.

Justices for the Court

Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

29 June 1995


The Court ruled in favor of Rosenberger by finding that the University of Virginia violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and must provide financial support to a student religious publication as it does to other student publications.

Related Cases

  • Widmar v. Vincent, 454 U.S. 263 (1981).
  • Westside Community Board of Education v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990).
  • Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches School District, 508 U.S. 385 (1993).

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