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Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
21-418 9th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2021

Issues: (1) Whether a public-school employee who says a brief, quiet prayer by himself while at school and visible to students is engaged in government speech that lacks any First Amendment protection; and (2) whether, assuming that such religious expression is private and protected by the free speech and free exercise clauses, the establishment clause nevertheless compels public schools to prohibit it.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 14 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 18, 2021)
Sep 16 2021Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Joseph A. Kennedy
Sep 20 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 18, 2021 to December 7, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Sep 21 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including December 7, 2021.
Sep 27 2021Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Bremerton School District
Oct 14 2021Brief amici curiae of Former Professional Football Players Steve Largent and Chad Hennings filed.
Oct 15 2021Brief amici curiae of Current State Legislators filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amicus curiae of Coach Tommy Bowden filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amici curiae of Members of Congress filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amicus curiae of Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amicus curiae of Galen Black filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amici curiae of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, et al. filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amicus curiae of Pennsylvania Family Institute filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amici curiae of Twenty-Four States filed.
Oct 18 2021Brief amici curiae of Advancing American Freedom, et al. filed.
Dec 07 2021Brief of respondent Bremerton School District in opposition filed.
Dec 21 2021Reply of petitioner Joseph A. Kennedy filed. (Distributed)
Dec 22 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/7/2022.
Jan 10 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/14/2022.
Jan 14 2022Petition GRANTED.
Jan 21 2022Consent to the filing of amicus briefs received from counsel for Joseph A. Kennedy submitted.
Jan 21 2022Consent to the filing of amicus briefs received from counsel for Bremerton School District submitted.