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Hicklin v. Orbeck

Significance, Work For Residents Only, Many States, One Nation, Whose Resources Are They?


Tommy Ray Woodruff, Frederick A. Mathers, Emmett Ray, Betty Cloud, Joseph G. O'Brien, et al.


Edmund Orbeck, Alaska Commissioner of Labor

Appellants' Claim

That the "Alaska Hire" statute, giving Alaska residents preference in all hiring for jobs created by the state's oil and gas industry was unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellants

Robert H. Wagstaff

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Ronald W. Lorensen, Assistant Attorney General of Alaska

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 June 1978


That the "Alaska Hire" statute was unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • "Significant Decisions in Labor Cases." Monthly Labor Review. Vol. 101, October 1978, pp. 53-54.

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