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Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System v. Southworth
United States Supreme Court
529 U.S. 217 (2000)
In 1996, Southworth, plaintiff, and two other law students at the University of Wisconsin brought suit against the Board of Regents (defendant) in federal district court challenging the constitutionality of the University’s mandatory student fee system. Southworth argued that it was unconstitutional for portions of their student fee to fund political or ideological activities with which they disagreed. Particularly, Southworth were concerned about the funding of multi-cultural groups, environmental groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups. The district court granted summary judgment for Southworth. The court of appeals denied review, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
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