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Hadley v. Junior College District

Significance, The Lower Court Rulings, The Supreme Court Ruling, Apportionment Scheme Ruled Unconstitutional


Della Hadley et al.


The Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri et al.

Appellant's Claim

That the voting rights of a group of junior college district residents were unconstitutionally diluted in violation of the "one man, one vote" principle.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Irving Achtenberg

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William J. Burrell

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 February 1969


The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment was ruled to apply to the election of trustees to the junior college district.

Related Cases

  • Gray v. Sanders, 372 U.S. 368 (1963).
  • Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964).
  • Avery v. Midland Cougraynty, 390 U.S. 474 (1968).
  • Karcher v. Daggett, 462 U.S. 725 (1983).

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.

Additional topics

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