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Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Wisconsin v. Yoder  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 12/08/1971
Decided 05/15/1972
Supreme Court Vote 6-1
 
IssueWhether Wisconsin’s compulsory school-attendance law (which requires a child’s school attendance until age 16) violates the Free Exercise rights of Amish who declined for religious reasons to send their children to public or private school after they had graduated from the eighth grade.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Burger, C.J. (Powell & Rehnquist did not participate)
Concurring Opinion Stewart, J, & White, J.
Dissenting Opinion Douglas, J. (dissenting in part)
Certiorari Granted 05/24/1971
Lower Court Wisconsin Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
John W. Calhoun, Assistant Attorney General of Wisconsin

For Respondent
William B. Ball

News Stories & Commentary
AP, "Amish ask Senate panel to loosen child-labor rules"

AP, "Michigan Amish fight agency order to install septic systems"

AP, "Ohio to exempt Amish from workers' compensation"

Other
Claire Mullally, "Religious Liberty in Public Life: Overview"

John Witte Jr. , "Religious Liberty, Overview"

Shawn Francis Peters, The Yoder Case (2003)

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