Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

Doe v. Sundquist

106 F.3d 702 (1997)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...

Doe v. Sundquist

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

106 F.3d 702 (1997)

Facts

In 1996, the Tennessee legislature enacted a new adoption law, under which all adoption records were to be available to adopted persons of a certain age and to the legal representatives of adopted persons. The new adoption law replaced the 1951 adoption law, under which sealed adoption records were not available absent evidence that making the record available was in the adopted person’s or the public’s best interests. In response to the new adoption law, two birth mothers, Promise Doe and Jane Roe; two adoptive parents, Kimberly C. and Russ C.; and a nonprofit child-placing agency, Small World Ministries, Inc. (plaintiffs) sued Governor Donald Sundquist (defendant). The plaintiffs argued that the new adoption law violated their right to privacy guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution by infringing upon their familial privacy, reproductive privacy, and privacy against disclosure of confidential information. The plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the law from going into effect. The district court denied the preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Engel, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 603,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. 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.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 603,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 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.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 603,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 33,600 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership