Logourl black
From our private database of 14,200+ case briefs...

William Jefferson Clinton v. Paula Corbin Jones

United States Supreme Court
520 U.S. 681 (1997)


Facts

William Jefferson Clinton (defendant) was elected President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. In 1991, Clinton served as the Governor of Arkansas. He attended a conference that year at a hotel staffed by Paula Corbin Jones (plaintiff). Jones alleged that, while at the conference, Danny Ferguson, a former Arkansas police officer, persuaded her to leave her post and visit Governor Clinton’s hotel room. Once there, Jones alleged that Clinton made lewd sexual advances towards her which she rejected. She filed suit in the District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, naming Clinton and Ferguson as defendants. She also claimed that her supervisors subsequently changed her duties and treated her poorly because she rejected Clinton’s advances. Jones sought actual damages of $75,000 and punitive damages of $100,000. The district court held that the President was immune from suit and that any litigation must be stayed until the conclusion of the President’s term. The court of appeals reversed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

Concurrence (Breyer, 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 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.

  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. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 237,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 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.