Pierce v. Society of Sisters
Significance, A Recent Precedent Sets The Way, Further Readings
Walter M. Pierce, Governor of Oregon
Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Hill Military Academy
That an Oregon law requiring students between eight and sixteen years old to attend public schools did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
George E. Chamberlain, Albert H. Putney
Chief Lawyer for Appellees
William D. Guthrie
Justices for the Court
Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Clark McReynolds (writing for the Court), Edward Terry Sanford, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland, William Howard Taft, Willis Van Devanter
Date of Decision
1 June 1925
The Court affirmed a lower court's injunction prohibiting enforcement of the Oregon law.
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