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Pierce v. Society of Sisters

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Walter M. Pierce, Governor of Oregon


Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Hill Military Academy

Appellant's Claim

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

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

1 June 1925


The Court affirmed a lower court's injunction prohibiting enforcement of the Oregon law.

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  • Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940).
  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

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