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In re Primus

436 U.S. 412 (1978)

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In re Primus

United States Supreme Court

436 U.S. 412 (1978)

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Facts

Attorney Edna Smith Primus (plaintiff), volunteered for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and worked for the nonprofit South Carolina Council on Human Relations (Council). During the summer of 1973, Gary Allen, a business owner from a nearby county, asked the Council to meet with women who had been forced to consent to sterilization in order to receive state Medicaid benefits. The Council asked Primus to respond. At the meeting, Primus informed sterilization victims about their legal rights and mentioned the prospect of future litigation. Mary Etta Williams, previously sterilized by Dr. Clovis H. Pierce, attended the meeting. The following month, Primus learned that the ACLU would provide representation for sterilization victims. Allen informed Primus that Williams wanted to pursue a lawsuit against Dr. Pierce. Primus wrote Williams on letterhead of the Carolina Community Law Firm and told her about the opportunity for ACLU representation. Later, Williams visited Dr. Pierce. Pierce’s attorney asked Williams to sign a release of liability. Williams signed the release and showed Pierce’s attorney the letter she had received from Primus. Williams called Primus to tell her she was not interested in a lawsuit. Primus had no further contact with Williams, but was publicly reprimanded by the state supreme court for directly soliciting a prospective client. Primus petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review of the disciplinary action.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)

Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)

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