United States Supreme Court
408 U.S. 564 (1972)
David Roth (plaintiff) was hired for his first teaching job as an assistant professor of political science at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh. He was hired for a fixed term of one academic year. At the conclusion of this year, Roth was not hired for an additional term. Under Wisconsin law, a state university employee could acquire tenure rights to employment after four years of consecutive year-to-year employment. However, without tenure, relatively new teachers had no right to employment beyond their initial one-year appointment. After the President of the University informed Roth that he would not be rehired, he brought suit against the Board of Regents of Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh (defendant) in district court on the grounds that the decision not to rehire him for the next year infringed his Fourteenth Amendment rights. The district court granted summary judgment for the Board of Regents on the procedural due process issue, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
Dissent (Marshall, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 218,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.