Boalt Hosts Moot Court for Pledge of Allegiance Case
Michael Newdow, plaintiff and attorney in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Elk Grove School District v. Newdow, will visit Boalt on February 19 to present his argument in a moot court. Newdow is the Elk Grove Unified School District parent who brought a suit claiming that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The case first gained notoriety when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the school district's policy of leading elementary school students in the Pledge of Allegiance. Newdow will present his case before the Supreme Court this March. The moot court will feature a panel of five judges, including Professors Jesse Choper and Herma Hill Kay, both former Boalt deans.
The event is sponsored by Boalt’s American Constitution Society (ACS), and will take place in Booth Auditorium at 4 p.m. It is free of charge and open to the public. A reception in the Goldberg Room will follow. For more information, including briefs and background materials, visit the ACS website, or contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.