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Connick v. Myers (docket #: 81-1251) (1983)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Connick v. Myers  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 11/08/1982
Decided 4/20/1983
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
IssueWhether the First Amendment prevents the discharge of a state employee for circulating a questionnaire concerning internal office affairs.
Majority Opinion White, J.
Dissenting Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by Marshall, J., Blackmun, J., & Stevens, J.)
Lower Court 5th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
Oral Arguments Audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
William F. Wessel

For Respondent
George M. Strickler, Jr.

For Amicus
Mark C. Rosenblum, Nadine Strossen and Charles S. Sims for the American Civil Liberties Union et al. (for respondent)

Robert H. Chanin, Laurence Gold and Marsha S. Berzon for the National Education Association et al. (for respondent)


Ruling - Lower Court
654 F.2d 719
"Challenging Boss's Authority Can Bring Firing, Court Rules," The Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1983, Sect. A, p. 2
Thornton, Mary, "Employee Right Narrowed," The Washington Post, April 21, 1983, Sect. A, p. 1
Balkin, J.M., "Free Speech and Hostile Environments," 99 Colum. L. Rev. 2295 (1999)
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.)(2006), Sect.
Comment, "The Public Employee's Right of Free Speech," 55 U.Cin.L.Rev. 449 (1986)
Lieberwitz, "Freedom of Speech in Public Sector Employment: The Deconstitutionalization of the Public Sector Workplace," 19 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 597 (1986)
Massaro, Toni, "Significant Silences: Freedom of Speech in the Public Sector Workplace," 61 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (1987)
Post, Robert, "Between Governance and Management," 34 UCLA L. Rev. 1713, (1987)
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