MSU College of Law News

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March 30, 2007

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
517/432-6848, galla145@law.msu.edu

RECENT MSU LAW ALUM CITED IN U.S. SUPREME COURT BRIEF
Justin Peterson’s, ’06, MSU Law Review Article Presented Before Highest Court

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University College of Law applauds 2006 alum Justin Peterson for the recent citation of his Michigan State Law Review comment in a brief argued before the United States Supreme Court.

Peterson’s article, “School Authority v. Student’s First Amendment Rights: Is Subjectivity Strangling the Free Mind at Its Source?” (Michigan State Law Review,2005) was cited in United States Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Morse v. Frederick, 127 S. Ct. 722 (2006).

The article was used in reference by Kenneth Star’s Petitioner Brief to the struggle between schools teaching democracy through education of the First Amendment, while simultaneously prohibiting its exercise to promote a safer learning environment. 

“The Law College is very proud of Mr. Peterson’s efforts and recognition among our nation’s highest court,” Acting Dean Cliff Thompson said.  “He exemplifies success to both our students and faculty, for which we commend him.”

The United States Supreme Court has granted a petition for writ of certiorari. The brief can be found at 2006 U.S. Briefs 278A; 2007 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 112. 

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