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N.J v. Sonnabend: A First Amendment Face-Off at the District Court Level

On June 15, 2022, the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in N.J v. Sonnabend, holding that schools must apply the test from Tinker v. Des Moines prior to restricting students from wearing clothing depicting firearms. Through this decision, the Sonnabend Court has resolved conflicting decisions within the Eastern District of Wisconsin. In addition to reversing…

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Censorship at the Schoolhouse Gate: Dress Code and First Amendment Implications

Imagine a student comes to school wearing a t-shirt that depicts a firearm or other weapons, in violation of the school’s dress code. Can you require the student to remove or cover the t-shirt? Is the student subject to discipline if he or she refuses? Does it make a difference what specifically is written and/or…

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