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Cornelius v. NAACP Legal Defense & Ed. Fund, Inc. (docket #: 84-312) (1985)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Cornelius v. NAACP Legal Defense & Ed. Fund, Inc.  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 02/19/1985
Decided 7/2/1985
Supreme Court Vote 4-3
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
IssueWhether federal exclusion of legal defense and political advocacy organizations from participation in a charity drive aimed at federal employees violates the First Amendment
Majority Opinion O'Connor, J. (Marshall, J., & Powell, J. not participating)
Dissenting Opinion Blackmun, J., (joined by Brennan, J.) & Stevens, J.
Lower Court DC Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
Oral Arguments Audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
Solicitor General Rex Lee

For Respondent
Charles Stephen Ralston

For Amicus
Dara Klassel, Eve W. Paul and Roger K. Evans for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

David C. Vladeck, Alan B. Morrison, John Cary Sims and Adam Yarmolinsky for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Independent Sector (for respondent)

E. Richard Larson, Burt Neuborne, Joseph M. Hassett and Patricia A. Brannan for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (for respondent)

Joseph B. Scott and Michael J. Kator for the United Black Fund of America et al. (for petitioner)

Robert Abrams, Attorney General, et al. for the State of New York (for respondent)

Samuel Rabinove and Richard T. Foltin for the American Jewish Committee et al. (for respondent)

Ruling - Lower Court
234 U.S.App.D.C. 148, 727 F.2d 1247 (1984)
"Broader Eligibility for Recipients in U.S. Charity Drive Welcomed," The New York Times, Jan. 27, 1981, Sect. A, p. 12
"Legal Defense Funds Win Appeal on Charity Drive," The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 21, 1984, p. 17
Barringer, Felicity, "Supreme Court Hears U.S. Appeal on CFC; Reversal of Lower Court Ruling Sought," The Washingotn Post," Feb. 20, 1985
Greenhouse, Linda, "Criteria for Federal Charity Drive to be Weighed," The New York Times, Oct. 30, 1984, Sect. A, p. 19
Greenhouse, Linda, "U.S. is Upheld in Charity Drive Curb," The New York Times, July 3, 1985, Sect. B, p. 20
Hager, Philip, "Supreme Court to Rule on Reagan Curbs on Federal Charity Aid to Advocacy Groups," The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 30, 1984, Sect. B, p. 8
Kamen, Al, "High Court to Resolve U.S. Fund-Drive Dispute," The Washington Post, Oct. 30, 1984, Sect. A, p. 10
Quinn, Jane Bryant, "Reagan Urges Giving to Charity, Federal Drive Restricts It," The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 1982, Sect. A, p. 1
Taylor, Stuart, "White House Wrong to Bar Groups From Fund Drive, Court Rules," The New York Times, Feb. 18, 1984, p. 8
Cramm, Tim, "The Designated Nonpublic Forum: Remedying the Forbes Mistake," 67 Alb. L. Rev. 89 (2003)
Farber & Novak, "The Misleading Nature of Public Forum Analysis: Content and Context in First Amendment Adjudication," 70 Va. L. Rev. 1219 (1984)
"Government Giving," The Washington Post, July 4, 1985, Sect. A, p. 18
"No Alms for the Advocates," The Wall Street Journal, July 11, 1985, p. 24
Bothwell, Robert, "A Federal Proposal to Hurt Charities," The New York Times, June 10, 1982, Sect. A, p. 30
Bothwell, Robert, "Shouldn't Charity Begin at Home?" The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 17, 1982, Sect. D, p.
Saasta, Timothy, "Tying Charity's Hands," The New York Times, Aug. 2, 1983, Sect. A, p. 1
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