Village of Belle Terre v. Boraas
United States Supreme Court
416 U.S. 1 (1974)
The Dickmans owned a house in Belle Terre. In or around 1971 to 1972, the Dickmans leased the house out to six students at a nearby university, none of whom were related by blood, adoption, or marriage. Belle Terre had a zoning ordinance which restricted land use to one-family dwellings, with “family” being defined as persons related by blood, adoption, or marriage, or two unmarried cohabitating people. The Village of Belle Terre (defendant) cited the Dickman house for a violation of this ordinance because the six students living in the house were not a “family.” The Dickmans and their tenants (plaintiffs) brought suit alleging that the ordinance violated their equal protection rights. The district court upheld the ordinance as constitutional, and the Court of Appeals reversed. The Village appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (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 708,000 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
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 708,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 44,500 briefs, keyed to 983 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.