Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


James J. Dickey


constitutional bounds, Religious Activities and Law, Abington v. Schempp


Do states overstep constitutional bounds when they conduct religious exercises? This is the question argued before the Supreme Court in 1963 in the landmark case School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania, et al. v. Edward Lewis Schempp et al. (Abington v. Schempp) (374 U.S. 203). This paper will answer the previously asked question by addressing the following areas as they relate to the Abington v. Schempp case:

  • Facts of the case

  • Arguments of each side of the case

  • Majority and minority opinions of the Justices

  • Opinion of prominent writers

  • My personal opinion

  • Impact of this case on the interpretation of subsequent case law.

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