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ACLU in the Supreme Court


US Supreme Court BuildingThe 500 case summaries below are a representative sample of the 749 cases in which the ACLU was involved at the US Supreme Court level (overwhelmingly as amicus filers), from their first case decided on June 8, 1925 through Dec. 31, 1999.

These "layman" summaries are targeted primarily for non-lawyers, so the case descriptions and related information are in straightforward easily understood language.

Some of the summaries and case descriptions presented were written by law students and researchers, and therefore may be missing some important legal nuances or contain erroneous data. However, in the majority of the cases, in order to avoid rewriting or reinterpreting the opinion of the Court, we used verbatim the relevant portions of the case summaries and opinions as published by the Supreme Court. We are in discussions to have all 749 case summaries published in print form. Inside the US Supreme Court

Thank you to the following volunteers and interns for their research contributions to this project (in alphabetical order): Erica Bianco, Elena Colle, Rachel Espana, Grant Hubbard, Ian Li, Christopher Lippi, Johnny Lo, Jamie Lowry, Allison Martins, Melanie McClinnis, Dillon McGrew, Pavan Nagavelli, Robyn Nolan, Lindsey Phoenix, Kimberlee Ray, Tracey Resetar, Jonathan Saine, Hanna Terhaar, Sigrid Hsi-Ju Yang, and Gulcin Yilmazer.
The ACLU in the Supreme Court (500 out of 749 cases, 1925-1999)
All cases argued and decided in the United States Supreme Court, in which the ACLU was involved as a party, counsel, or amicus ("friend of the Court"), in chronological order (oldest first). 
 
 See our Glossary for a definition of legal terms used in the cases, such as amicus curiae, respondent, appellee, petitioner, appellant, writ, and certiorari.

CASE
(Click for summary, question presented, arguments, amicus filers, holding, and ACLU position)
YEAR
CONST. ISSUES
(AMENDMENTS)
ACLU ROLE
AND POSITION
OUTCOME
(VOTE)
ACLU
WIN/LOSS*
Gitlow v. People of State of New York 1925 1st Amendment - press, speech, assembly
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(Unavailable)
Loss
Stromberg v. People of State of California 1931 1st Amendment - press, speech, assembly
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Powell v. State of Alabama 1932 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
De Jonge v. State of Oregon 1937 1st Amendment - press, speech, assembly
(1, 14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Senn v. Tile Layers Protective Union 1937

Governmental Authority - union
(1)

Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Lovell v. Griffin 1938

1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1,14)

Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Hague v. Committee for Indus. Org. 1939

1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(14)

Party
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-2)
Win
Schneider v. State 1939 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1,14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-1)
Win
Carlson v. California
1940
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Edwards v. People of State of California 1941 Governmental Authority - regulation
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
Win
Jones v. Opelika 1943 1st Amendment - religion
(1,14)
Counsel
Supporting Petition for Rehearing
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Martin v. Struthers 1943

1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)

Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
NBC v. U.S 1943 Governmental Authority - regulation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-2)
Win
Taylor v. State of Mississippi 1943 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette 1943

1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)

Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Hirabayashi v. United States 1943

Civil Rights - race
(5,14)

Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Yasui v. United States 1943

Civil Rights - race
(5,14)

Amicus
Urging Reversal
Sustained conviction, Vacated Judgment
(9-0)
Loss
Falbo v. United States 1944 Governmental Authority - regulation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-1)
Loss
Follett v. Town of McCormick 1944

1st Amendment - religion
(1)

Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Smith v. Allwright 1944 Civil Rights - race
(14, 15)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Lyons v. State of Oklahoma 1944 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Steele v. Louisville & N.R. Co. 1944 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Tunstall v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen 1944 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Korematsu v. United State 1944 Civil Rights - race
(14, 5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Ex Parte Mitsuye Endo 1944 Civil Rights - race
(14, 5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Thomas v. Collins 1945 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Alabama Federation of Labor v. McAdory 1945 Governmental Authority - union
(1, 14)
Amicus
Supporting Petition for Declaratory Judgment
Denied
(9-0)
Loss
Congress of Industrial Organizations v. McAdory 1945 Governmental Authority - union
(1, 14)
Amicus
Supporting Petition for Declaratory Judgment
Denied
(9-0)
Loss
Hill v. State of Florida 1945 Governmental Authority - union
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Railway Mail Ass'n v. Corsi 1945 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Bridges v. Wixon 1945 Governmental Authority - Communism
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-3)
Win
Hannegan v. Esquire, Inc. 1946 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Duncan v. Kahanamoku 1946 Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-2)
Win
Bell v. Hood 1946 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4, 5)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-2)
Win
Girouard v. U.S. 1946 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-3)
Win
Pennekamp v. Florida 1946 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia 1946 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-1)
Win
Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing 1947 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Sipuel v. Board of Regents of Univeristy of Oklahoma 1948 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Oyama v. California 1948 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Musser v. Utah 1948 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated
(6-3)
Loss
McCollum v. Board of Education 1948 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Winters v. People of State of New York 1948 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Shelley v. Kraemer 1948 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-0)
Win
Hurd v. Hodge 1948 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-0)
Win
United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. 1948 Governmental Authority - regulation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-1)
Loss
Price v. Johnston 1948 Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Takahashi v. Fish and Game Commission 1948 Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
United States v. Congress of Industrial Organizations 1948 Governmental Authority - union
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Kovacs v. Cooper 1949 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Stainback v. Mo Hock Ke Lok Po (2 cases) 1949 Governmental Authority - regulation
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Dismissed and Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Terminiello v. City of Chicago 1949 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Knauff v. Shaughnessy 1950 Governmental Authority - immigration
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(4-3)
Loss
Communications Assn. v. Douds 1950 Governmental Authority - immigration
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(4-2)
Loss
Hughes v. Superior Court of California 1950 Civil Rights - race
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-0)
Loss
McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents 1950 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Anti-Fascist Committee v. McGrath 1951 Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-3)
Win
Garner v. Board of Public Works of L.A. 1951 Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Rochin v. California 1952 Criminal Justice - drugs
(5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Doremus v. Board of Education 1952 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Dismissed
(6-3)
Loss
Adler v. Board of Education of the City of New York 1952 Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Joseph Burstyn Inc. v. Wilson 1952 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Wieman v. Updegraff 1952 Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Emspak v. United States 1955 Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Slochower v. Board of Education 1956 Governmental Authority - Communism
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Butler v. Michigan 1957 Criminal Justice - procedure
(1)
Amicus
Supporting Appellant
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Watkins v. United States 1957 Governmental Authority - Communism
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-1)
Win
Yates v. United States 1957 Governmental Authority - Communism
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-1)
Win
Roth v. United States 1957 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Kent v. Dulles 1958 Governmental Authority - Communism
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Lerner v. Casey
1958
Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal

Affirmed
(5-4)

Loss
First Unitarian Church v. Los Angeles
1958
Civil Rights - state
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Reversed
(7-1)
Win
Crooker v. California
1958
Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Gomillion v. Lightfoot
1960
Civil Rights - race
(15)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Mapp v. Ohio 1961 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Times Film Corp. v. City of Chicago
1961
1st Amendment - speech, press, assembly
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Saldana v. United States
1961
Criminal Justice - drugs
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Russell v. United States
1962
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Reversed
(5-2)
Win
Engel v. Vitale 1962 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Kennedy v. Mendoza-Martinez
1963
Governmental Authority - citizenship
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
McNeese v. Board of Education
1963
Civil Rights -
race
(14)
Amicus Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Ker v. California
1963
Criminal Justice - drugs
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss

Schneider v. Rusk

1963

Governmental Authority - immigration
(14)

Amicus
Urging Reversal

Reversed
(9-0)

Win

Gideon v. Wainwright 1963 Criminal Justice - procedure
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Abington School Dist. v. Schempp 1963 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance (1 case), Reversal (1 case)
Affirmed and Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win

Yellin v. U.S.

1963

Governmental Authority - regulation
(1, 5, 14)

Amicus
Urging Reversal

Reversed
(5-4)

Win

Smith v. California 1963 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal

Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Aptheker v. Secretary of State
1964
Governmental Authority - Communism
(1, 5)
Amicus Urging Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(6-3)
Win
Jacobellis v. Ohio
1964
1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Smith v. Pennsylvania
1964
Civil Rights - race
(6)
Amicus Supporting Certiorari
Certiorari
Granted
(9-0)
Win
Malloy v. Hogan
1964
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
New York Times v. Sullivan 1964 1st Amendment - defamation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Stoner v. California 1964 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)

Win
Ungar v. Sarafite 1964 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)

Loss
Reynolds v. Sims 1964 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-1)
Win
Escobedo v. Illinois 1964 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1, 6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
U.S v. Seeger 1965 1st Amendment - religion
(1, 5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance (2 cases), Reversal (1 case)
Affirmed and Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Griswold v. Connecticut 1965 Civil Rights - privacy
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Miranda v. Arizona 1966 Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal (3 cases) and Affirmance (1 case)
Reversed and Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Whitus v. Georgia 1967 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Berger v. New York
1967
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Boutilier v. Immigration and Naturalization Service
1967
Governmental Authority - immigration
(1, 5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Reitman v. Mulkey
1967
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Levy v. Louisiana 1968 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Terry v. Ohio 1968 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
King v. Smith 1968 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(Unavailable)
Win
Jones v. Mayer 1968 Civil Rights - race
(13)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Epperson v. Arkansas 1968 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Sibron v. New York
1968
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Food Employees v. Logal Plaza 1968
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Pickering v. Board of Education
1968
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Powell v. Texas
1968
Criminal Justice - 8th Amendment
(8)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Tinker v. Des Moines School Dist. 1969 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Street v. New York 1969 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Brandenburg v. Ohio 1969 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC
1969
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Rios v. United States 1969
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(5-4)
Win
North Carolina v. Pearce
1969
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Shapiro v. Thompson
1969
Civil Rights - state
(5, 14)
Amicus
supporting
appellee
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Walz v. Tax Commission of City of New York 1970 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-1)
Loss
Oregon v. Mitchell
1970
Civil Rights - voting rights
(15)
Amicus in support of United States
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Cohen v. California 1971 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
New York Times Co. v. United States 1971 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-3)
Win
Reed v. Reed 1971 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics
1971
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(6-3)
Win
Moore v. Illinois
1972
Criminal Justice - procedure
(8, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Neil, Warden v. Biggers
1972
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed and Remanded
(5-3)
Loss
Furman v. Georgia 1972 Criminal Justice - death penalty
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(Unavailable)
Win
California v. Krivda
1972
Criminal Justice -drugs
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Loss
US v. Biswell
1972
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
Adams v. Williams
1972
Criminal Justice -
drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Trbovich v. Mine Workers
1972
Governmental Authority - union
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-1)
Win
Sarno v. Illinois Crime Investigating Commission
1972
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Certiorari dismissed
(5-2)
Loss
Branzburg v. Hayes
1972
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Apodaca v. Oregon
1972
Criminal Justice - procedure
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Doe v. Bolton 1973 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Gomez v. Perez
1973
Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez 1973 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Frontiero v. Richardson 1973 Civil Rights - gender
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Miller v. California 1973 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(5-4)
Loss
Braden v. 30th Judicial Circuit Court of Kentucky
1973
Criminal Justice - prison
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Cupp v. Murphy
1973
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Sayler Land Co. v. Tulare Water District
1973
Civil Rights - voting rights
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Pittsburgh Press Co. v. Human Relations Commission
1973
Civil Rights - gender
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Brown, Secretary of State of California v. Chote
1973
Civil Rights - state
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
United States v. Nixon 1974 Governmental Authority - federalism
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Corning Glass Works v. Brennan
1974
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal and Affirmance
Affirmed and Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Geduldig v. Aiello
1974
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Cleveland Board of Education v. Lafleur
1974
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal and Affirmance
Reversed and Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Goss v. Lopez 1975 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
O'Connor v. Donaldson 1975 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(9-0)
Win
Renegotiation Board v. Grumman Aircraft
1975
Governmental Authority - regulation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-1)
Loss
Buckley v. Valeo 1976 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Party
Urging Reversal
Reversed in Part, Affirmed in Part
(7-1)
Win
Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart 1976 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Craig v. Boren 1976 Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Rizzo v. Goode
1976
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-3)
Loss
Linmark v. Willingboro 1977 Civil Rights - race
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
National Socialist Party v. Village of Skokie 1977 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
United States v. Chadwick
1977
Criminal Justice -drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Dayton Board of Education v. Brinkman
1977
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(8-0)
Loss
Trimble v. Gordon
1977
Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Department of Public Safety of Alabama v. Rawlinson
1977
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(7-2)
Win
Nashville Gas Company v. Satty
1977
Civil Rights - gender
(9)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Coker v. Georgia
1977
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(8)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Board of Curators, University of Missouri v. Horowitz
1978
Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
McDaniel v. Paty 1978 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
University of California Regents v. Bakke 1978 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(5-4)
Loss
Raymond K. Procunier v. Apolinar Navarette, Jr.
1978
Criminal Justice - prison
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Zabiocki, Milwaukee County Clerk v. Redhail
1978
Civil Rights - state
(1, 5, 9, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-1)
Win
Stump v. Sparkman
1978
Governmental Authority - immunity
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-3)
Loss
Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez
1978
Civil Rights - gender
(5, 14)
Amuicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-1)
Loss
Southeastern Community College v. Davis
1979
Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Smith v. Daily Mail Publishing Co.
1979
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Babbitt v. United Farm Workers National Union
1979
Governmental Authority - union
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Bell v. Wolfish
1979
Criminal Justice - prison
(1, 4, 5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Baker v. McCollan
1979
Governmental Authority - immunity
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Torres v. Puerto Rico
1979
Criminal Justice -drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Burch v. Louisiana
1979
Criminal Justice - procedure
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Califano v. Westcott
1979
Civil Rights - gender
(5, 14)
Amicus
Uging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Orr v. Orr
1979
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
County of Los Angeles v. Davis
1979
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(5-4)
Loss
United States v. Mendenhall 1980 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins 1980 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1, 5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Harris v. McRae 1980 Civil Rights - privacy
(1, 5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia 1980 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1,14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-1)
Win
Roberts v. United States
1980
Criminal Justice - drugs
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-1)
Loss
US v. DiFrancesco
1980
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Allen v. McCurry
1980
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Ball v. James
1981
Civil Rights - voting
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Steagald v. United States
1981
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(7-2)
Win
Parratt v. Taylor
1981
Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Dismissal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Minnick v. California Department of Corrections
1981
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Certiorari Dismissed
(8-1)
Win
University of Texas v. Camenisch
1981
Civil Rights - federal
(9)
Amicus
Urging Remand
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Thomas v. Review Board of the Indiana Employment Security Division 1981 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Little v. Streater 1981 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Schad v. Mount Ephraim 1981 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Gulf Oil Co. v. Gunther 1981 Civil Rights - race
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Michigan v. Summers 1981 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
New York v. Belton 1981 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Larson v. Valente
1982
1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO v. Sadlowski
1982
Governmental Authority - union
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Santosky v. Kramer
1982
Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Murphy v. Hunt
1982
Criminal Justice - 8th Amendment
(8)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded
(8-1)
Loss
Washington v. Chrisman 1982 Criminal Justice -drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Smith v. Phillips 1982 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
United States v. Ross 1982 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Board of Education v. Pico 1982 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Larkin v. Grendel's Den, Inc. 1982 1st Amendment - religion
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-1)
Win
Oregon v. Kennedy
1982
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Company
1982
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Common Cause v. Schmitt
1982
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(4-4)
Win
Chappel v. Wallace
1983
Governmental Authority - military
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Barefoot v. Estelle
1983
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(8)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Minneapolis Star & Tribune Co. v. Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue 1983 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
United States v. Grace 1983 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Bob Jones University v. United States 1983 Civil Rights - race
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-1)
Win
Connick v. Myers
1983
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Anderson v. Celebrezze
1983
Civil Rights - voting rights
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, Inc. 1983 Civil Rights - state
(14)

Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed in part, Reversed in part
(6-3)
Win
United States v. Place 1983 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Shaw v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. et al.
1983
Governmental Authority - regulation
(9)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded (9-0)
Win
Bolger v. Youngs Drug Products Corporation
1983
Civil Rights - privacy
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Haring v. Prosise
1983
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Bush v. Lucas
1983
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Lynch v. Donnelly 1984 Civil Rights - race
(1)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) v. Delgado 1984 Governmental Authority - immigration
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Oliver v. United States 1984 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Palmore v. Sidoti 1984 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
United States v. Gouveia 1984 Criminal Justice - prison
(6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
Maryland v. Munson Co. 1984 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Clark v. Community for Creative Nonviolence 1984 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Stevic 1984 Governmental Authority - immigration
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Hobby v. United States 1984 Civil Rights - race
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Roberts, Acting Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights v. United States Jaycees
1984
Civil Rights - gender
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-0)
Win
Federal Communications Commission v. League of Women Voters
1984
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Bose Corporation v. Consumers Union of US, Inc.
1984
1st Amendment - defamation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win

Welsh v. Wisconsin
1984
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(6-3)
Win
Seattle Times Company v. Rhinehart
1984
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
New York v. Uplinger
1984
Civil Rights - privacy
(9)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Certiorari Dismissed
(5-4)
Win
Hishon v. King & Spaulding
1984
Civil Rights - gender
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Pulliam v. Allen
1984
Governmental Authority - regulation
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Members of the City Council of Los Angeles v. Taxpayers of Vincent
1984
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC)
1985
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(7-2)
Win
Lindahl v. Office of Personnel Management
1985
Governmental Authority - regulation
(7)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Jean v. Nelson, Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
1985
Governmental Authority - immigration
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(7-2)
Loss
Oklahoma City v. Tuttle
1985
Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-1)
Loss
Marek v. Chesny, Individually and as Administrator of 4161
1985
Civil Rights - federal
(14)

Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Lowe v. Securities Exchange Commission
1985
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-0)
Loss
New Jersey v. T.L.O. 1985 Criminal Justice - drugs
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Tony and Susan Alamo Foundation v. Secretary of Labor 1985 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Wallace v. Jaffree 1985 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Maryland v. Macon 1985 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1, 4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
McDonald v. Smith 1985 1st Amendment - defamation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-0)
Loss
Aguilar v. Felton 1985 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Walters, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs v. National Association of Radiation Survivors
1985
Governmental Authority - regulation
(5, 1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Atascadero State Hospital v. Scanion
1985
Governmental Authority - regulation
(11)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Cleveland Board of Education v. Loudermill
1985
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-1)
Win
Western Air Lines, Inc. v. Criswell
1985
Civil Rights - federal
(7)

Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Anderson v. City of Bessemer, NC
1985
Civil Rights - gender
(9)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
City of Los Angeles v. Preferred Communications, Inc.
1986
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
New Mexico v. Earnest
1986
Criminal Justice - Procedure
(6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Loss
Wainwright v. Greenfield
1986
Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Pembaur v. City of Cincinnati
1986
Civil Rights - federal
(4, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Witters v. Washington Department of Services for the Blind 1986 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
City of Renton v. Playtime Theatres 1986 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Goldman v. Weinberger 1986 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps 1986 1st Amendment - defamation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
California v. Ciraolo 1986 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 1986 Civil Rights - privacy
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Memphis Community School District v. Stachura 1986 Civil Rights - federal
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Press Enterprise Co. v. Superior Court of California 1986 1st Amendment - press, speech, assembly
(1,6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Ohio Civil Rights Comm'n v. Dayton Schools 1986 1st Amendment - religion
(1,14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Thornburg v. Gingles et al. 1986 Civil Rights - race
(14, 15)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(8-1)
Win
Davis v. Bandemer 1986 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Posadas de Puerto Rico Assoc. v. Tourism Co. of Puerto Rico 1986 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1,14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Rose v. Clark 1986 Criminal Justice - procedure
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(6-3)
Loss
Arcara v. Cloud Books 1986 1st Amendment - obscenity
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Munro v. Socialist Workers Party 1986 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
F.E.C. v. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc. 1986 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Smalis v. Pennsylvania
1986
Criminal Justice - procedure
(6)
Amicus Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Bender, et al. v. Williamsport Area School District
1986
1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Bowen, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. City of New York
1986
Governmental Authority - regulation
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Murray v. Carrier
1986
Criminal Justice - procedure
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
United States v. Salerno
1987
Criminal Justice - 8th Amendment
(8, 5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
United States v. Hohri
1987
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded
(8-0)
Loss
 California Federal S&L Ass. v. Guerra 1987 Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Colorado v. Bertine 1987 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
 Wimberly v. Labor & Industrial Rel. Comm'n 1987 Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-0)
Loss
California v. Brown 1987 Criminal Rights - death penalty
(8, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Arizona v. Hicks 1987 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
I.N.S. v. Cardoza-Fonseca 1987 Governmental Authority - immigration
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Town of Newton v. Rumery 1987 Civil Rights - federal
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
O'Connor v. Ortega 1987 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
 Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. v. Ragland 1987 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Meese v. Keene 1987 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Pennsylvania v. Finley 1987 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Hilton v. Braunskill 1987 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(6-3)
Loss
United States v. Mendoza-Lopez 1987 Governmental Authority - immigration
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Houston v. Hill 1987 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Edwards v. Aguillard 1987 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Kentucky v. Stincer 1987 Criminal Justice - procedure
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Greer v. Miller 1987 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Griffin v. Wisconsin 1987 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
New York v. Burger
1987
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Solorio v. United States
1987
Governmental Authority - military
(9)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Miller v. Florida
1987
Criminal Justice - procedure
(8, 14)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
O'Lone v. Estate of Shabazz
1987
Criminal Justice - prison
(1)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
California Medical Association v. Federal Election Commission
1987
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
City of Springfield v. Kibbe
1987
Civil Rights - federal
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Certiorari Dismissed
(5-4)
Won
Pope v. Illinois
1987
1st Amendment - obscenity
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated
(6-3)
Win
Murray v. United States
1988
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(4-3)
Win
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier 1988 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-3)
Loss
Department of Navy v. Egan 1988 Governmental Authority - regulation
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-3)
Loss
Pennell v. San Jose 1988 Civil Rights - state
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell 1988 1st Amendment - defamation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Boos v. Barry 1988 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed in part
(5-3)
Win
Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Prot. Assn. 1988 Governmental Authority - union
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-3)
Loss
DeBartolo Corp. v. Fla. Gulf Coast Trades Council 1988 Governmental Authority - union
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Employment Division v. Smith 1988 Criminal Justice - drugs
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(5-3)
Loss
Meyer v. Grant 1988 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Clark v. Jeter 1988 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Lakewood v. Plain Dealer Publishing 1988 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(4-3)
Win
New York State Club Assn.v. City of New York 1988 Civil Rights - race
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
West v. Atkins 1988 Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Ross v. Oklahoma 1988 Criminal Justice - death penalty
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Schweiker v. Chilicky 1988 Governmental Authority - regulation
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Kadrmas v. Dickinson Public Schools 1988 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Frisby v. Schultz 1988 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Bowen v. Kendrick 1988 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Watson v. Fort Worth Bank & Trust 1988 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated
(8-0)
Win
Penson v. Ohio 1988 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Carlucci v. Doe 1988 Governmental Authority - regulation
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
United States Catholic Conference v. Abortion Rights Mobilization
1988
Governmental Authority - civil procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed and Remanded
(8-1)
Loss
United States v. Providence Journal Company
1988
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Appeal Dismissed
(6-2)
Win
Bank of Nova Scotia v. United States
1988
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(8-1)
Loss
Maleng v. Cook
1989
Criminal Justice - prison
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co. 1989 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Florida v. Riley 1989 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
reversed
(5-4)
Loss
DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services 1989 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Canton v. Harris 1989 Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
(6-3)
Loss
Blanton v. North Las Vegas 1989 Criminal Justice - procedure
(6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives' Assn. 1989 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab 1989 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
New York City Board of Estimate v. Morris 1989 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
U.S. Dept.of Justice v. Reporters Committee 1989 Civil Rights - privacy
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Graham v. Connor 1989 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated
(9-0)
Win
Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio 1989 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Martin v. Wilks 1989 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Quinn v. Millsap 1989 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Michael H. v. Gerald D. 1989 Civil Rights - state
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Patterson v. McLean Credit Union 1989 Civil Rights -race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Dellmuth v. Muth 1989 Governmental Authority - immunity
(11)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Will v. Michigan Department of State Police 1989 Civil Rights - federal
(11)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Texas v. Johnson 1989 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Flight Attendants v. Zipes 1989 Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-2)
Loss
Webster v. Reproductive Health Services 1989 Civil Rights - privacy
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU 1989 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Party
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed and Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Murray, Director, Virginia Department of Corrections v. Giarratano
1989
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(8, 14)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Holland v. Illinois
1990
Civil Rights - race
(6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Zinermon v. Burch
1990
Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Swaggart Ministries v. California Board of Equalization 1990 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez 1990 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Butterworth v. Smith 1990 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Employment Division v. Smith 1990 Criminal Justice - drugs
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Keller v. State Bar of California 1990 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Illinois v. Perkins 1990 Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
United States v. Eichman 1990 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Cruzan v. Director, MDH 1990 Civil Rights - privacy
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
United States v. Kokinda
1990
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Walton v. Arizona
1990
Criminal Justice
 - death penalty
 
(6, 8, 14)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Spallone v. United States 1990
Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed and Remanded
(5-4)
Loss
Idaho v. Wright
1990
Criminal Justice - procedure
(6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Federal Trade Commission v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
1990
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
United States Department of State v. Ray
1991
Governmental Authority - immigration
(5,6)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-0)
Loss
County of Riverside v. McLaughlin
1991
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed and Remanded
(5-4)
Loss
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Arabian American Oil Company
1991
Civil Rights - federal
(11)
Amicus
Urging Reversal

Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Clark v. Roemer
1991
Civil Rights - voting rights
(15)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Burns v. Reed
1991
Civil Rights - race
(4, 5, 14)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(9-0)
Win
Siegert v. Gilley
1991
Governmental Authority - civil procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging
Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Renne v. Geary
1991
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(14)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded
(6-3)
Loss
Powers v. Ohio 1991 Civil Rights -race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Rust v. Sullivan 1991 Civil Rights - federal
(1, 5)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc. 1991 1st Amendment - obscentiy
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Hafer v. Melo
1991
Civil Rights - Federal
(11, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(8-0)
Win
Florida v. Bostick
1991
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company
1991
Governmental Authority - civil procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(6-3)
Win
Simon & Shuster v. Members of the New York State Crime Victims
1991
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-0)
Win
Automobile Workers v. Johnson Controls, Inc.
1991
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Rufo, Sheriff of Suffolk County, et al. v. Inmates of Suffolk County Jail
1992
Criminal Justice - prison
(8, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated
and Remanded
(6-2)
Loss
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) v. Doherty
1992
Governmental Authority - immigration
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-0)
Loss
Norman v. Reed
1992
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(7-1)
Win
United States v. Burke
1992
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging
Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Collins v. City of Harker Heights, Texas
1992
Civil Rights - Federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Ankenbrandt v. Richards
1992
Civil Rights - Federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Morgan v. Illinois
1992
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(6, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Wright v. West
1992
Criminal Justice - procedure
(4, 5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
R.A.V. v. City of St-Paul 1992 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Lee v. Weisman 1992 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Forsyth County, GA v. The Nationalist Movement
1992
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA v. Casey 1992 Civil Rights - privacy
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Dawson v. Delaware
1992
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(1, 8, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(8-1)
Win
Soldal v. Cook County, Illinois
1992
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
US v. James Daniel Good Real Property
1993
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Godinez, Warden v. Moran
1993
Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Minnesota v. Dickerson
1993
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Brecht v. Abrahamson
1993
Criminal Justice - procedure
(4, 5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Wisconsin v. Mitchell 1993 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1, 14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah 1993 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Bray v. Alexandria Women's Health Clinic
1993
Civil Rights - privacy
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Withrow v. Williams
1993
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5, 14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed in part and reversed in part
(5-4)
Win
Gilmore v. Taylor
1993
Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
Alexander v. United States
1993
1st Amendment - obscenity Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. 1993 Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Lamb's Chapel and John Steigerwald v. Center Moriches Union Free School
1993
1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Crosby v. United States
1993
Criminal Justice - procedure
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
J.E.B. v. Alabama 1994 Civil Rights -gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Ladue v. Gilleo 1994 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Albright v. Oliver
1994
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(7-2)
Loss
Cambell v. Acuff-Rose Music
1994
Governmental Authority - regulation
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
National Organization for Women v. Scheidler
1994
Governmental Authority - Civil Procedure
(1)
Amicus
Urging Remand
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Missouri v. Jenkins
1995
Civil Rights -race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission
1995
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Kimberlin v. Quinlan
1995
Criminal Justice - prison
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Wilson v. Arkansas
1995
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
O'Neal v. McAninch, Warden
1995
Criminal Justice - procedure
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Arizona v. Evans 1995 Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(7-2)
Loss
U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton 1995 Governmental Authority - regulation
(10)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Hurley v. Irish American GLIB Association 1995 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board v. Pinette 1995 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Rosenberger v. University of Virginia 1995 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
NLRB v. Town & Country Electric, Inc. 1995 Governmental Authority - union
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Lebron v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation
1995
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(8-1)
Win
Swint v. Chambers County Commission
1995
Criminal Justice - drugs
(11)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded (9-0)
Loss
Sadin, Unit Team Manager, Halawa Correctional Facility v. Conner
1995
Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance

Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Wisconsin v. City of New York 1996 Governmental Authority - census
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Morse v. Republican Party of Virginia 1996 Civil Rights - voting rights
(15)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
United States v. Armstrong 1996 Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
Liquormart v. Rhode Island 1996 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Romer v. Evans 1996 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Ornelas v. United States 1996 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(8-1)
Win
Loving v. United States 1996 Criminal Justice - death penalty
(8)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Whren v. United States 1996 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Shaw v. Hunt 1996 Civil Rights - voting rights
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
Lane v. Pena 1996 Civil Rights - federal
(11)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(7-2)
Loss
Lewis v. Casey 1996 Criminal Justice - prison
(6)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
United States v. Ursery 1996 Criminal Justice - procedure
(5)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
Lewis v. United States 1996 Criminal Justice - procedure
(6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(7-2)
Loss
United States v. Virginia 1996 Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-1)
Win
Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee v. Federal Election Commission 1996 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Vacated and Remanded
(7-2)
Loss
Board of Commissioners, Wabaunsee County v. Umbehr 1996 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
O'Hare Truck Service v. City of Northlake 1996 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Denver v. Federal Communications Commission 1996 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed in part and affirmed in part
(6-3)
Win
Lopez v. Monterey County 1996 Civil Rights - voting rights
(15)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed and remanded
(9-0)
Win
Ohio v. Robinette 1996 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
M.L.B. v. S.L.J. 1996 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Abrams v. Johnson
1997
Civil Rights - voting
(15)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(5-4)
Loss
Robinson v. Shell Oil, Co. 1997 Civil Rights - race
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Schenck v. Pro Choice Network of Western New York 1997 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona 1997 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Young v. Harper 1997 Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
United States v. Lanier 1997 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Young v. Fordice 1997 Civil Rights - voting rights
(14)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Chandler v. Miller 1997 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Blessing v. Freestone 1997 Civil Rights - federal
(11)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Timmons v. Twin City Area New Party 1997 1st Amendment -press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Richards v. Wisconsin 1997 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
Edwards v. Balisok 1997 Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board 1997 Civil Rights - voting rights
(15)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(7-2)
Loss
Clinton v. Jones 1997 Governmental Authority - federalism
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Agostini v. Felton 1997 1st Amendment -
religion

(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(5-4)
Loss
City of Boerne v. Flores, Archbishop of San Antonio 1997 1st Amendment - religion
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Washington v. Glucksberg 1997 Criminal Justice - procedure
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Reno v. ACLU 1997 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Party
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Arkansas Educational Television Commission v. Forbes 1998 First Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Bousley v. United States
1998
Criminal Justice - drugs
(1,5)
Amicus Urging Reversal
Reversed
(7-2)
Win
Crawford-El v. Britton
1998
Criminal Justice - prison
(1, 5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(5-4)
Win
Ricci v. Village of Arlington Heights
1998
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Dismissed
(9-0)
Loss
Minnesota v. Carter
1998
Criminal Justice - drugs
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(6-3)
Loss
Knowles v. Iowa 1998 Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Ohio Adult Parole Authority v. Woodward
1998
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(5)


Amicus
Urging Affirmance

Reversed
(9-0)
Loss
Miller v. Albright, Secretary of State
1998
Governmental Authority - citizenship
(5)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(6-3)
Loss
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey
1998
Criminal Justice - prison
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
Stewart, Director, Arizona Department of Correction, et al. v. Martinez-Villareal
1998
Criminal Justice - death penalty
(8)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(7-2)
Win
Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Akins, et al.
1998
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(6-3)
Loss
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole v. Scott
1998
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed and Remanded
(5-4)
Loss
National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley
1998
First Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(8-1)
Loss
Owens v. Okure
1989
Civil Rights - federal
(1)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(9-0)
Win
American Foreign Service Association v. Garfinkel
1989
First Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Vacated and Remanded
(9-0)
Win
Bragdon v. Abbott
1998
Civil Rights - federal
(9)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(5-4)
Win
Greater New Orleans Association of Broadcasters v. United States
1999
1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation 1999 1st Amendment - press, speech, association
(1)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Chicago v. Morales 1999 Civil Rights - state
(14)
Counsel
Urging Affirmance
Affirmed
(6-3)
Win
Sutton v. United Air Lines, Inc.
1999
Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(7-2)
Loss
Martin v. Hadix
1999 Criminal Justice - prison
(5, 6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Affirmed in part, and reversed in part
(7-2)
Loss
Roberts v. Galen of Virginia
1999
Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Olmstead v. L.C., by Zimring, Guardian Ad Lidem
1999
Civil Rights - federal
(14)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(6-3)
Win
Lilly v. Virginia
1999
Criminal Justice - procedure
(6)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(9-0)
Win
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education
1999
Civil Rights -
gender
(1)
Amicus
Urging Reversal
Reversed
(5-4)
Win
Wilson v. Layne
1999
Criminal Justice - 4th Amendment
(4)
Counsel
Urging Reversal
Affirmed
(9-0)
Loss
National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) v. R.M. Smith
1999
Civil Rights - gender
(14)
Amicus
Urging Affirmance
Reversed
(9-0)
Loss

*Win/Loss Definition
  1. This work has simply defined "winning" or "losing" by whether or not the ruling of The Court was "with" or "against" the side the ACLU was on, even though there are instances where the ACLU was on the "winning side" but felt they lost and, conversely, where they were on the "losing side" but may have received a benefit from the decision.

  2. It is established that in the cases of ties, where the Supreme Court ruling has an equally divided 4-4 vote, the equally divided decision reaffirms the ruling below because petitioner/appellant needs 5 votes to overturn a judgment. In that case, we count the decision as an ACLU "win" or "loss" depending on whether the ACLU position was seeking affirmance or reversal of the judgment below.

  3. When the Supreme Court's ruling goes part in favor and part against the ACLU position, we consider "winning" or "losing" according to whether the Court's line of reasoning in its argument was "with" or "against" the ACLU position.

  4. In per curiam decisions, the Court issued decisions usually without making public the individual Justices' voting record. In such cases, we have categorized these decisions as unanimous "wins" or "losses" - unless an individual Justice had issued an opinion indicating their own position and adjusted the unanimous vote accordingly (i.e., if it is a concurring opinion, the vote remains unanimous; however, in the case of dissenting opinions, the unanimity of the vote fails).