Healy v. James

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Healy v. James
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued March 28, 1972
Decided June 26, 1972
Full case nameHealy, et al. v. James, et al.
Citations408 U.S. 169 (more)
92 S. Ct. 2338; 33 L. Ed. 2d 266; 1972 U.S. LEXIS 160
Court membership
Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger
Associate Justices
William O. Douglas · William J. Brennan Jr.
Potter Stewart · Byron White
Thurgood Marshall · Harry Blackmun
Lewis F. Powell Jr. · William Rehnquist
Case opinions
MajorityPowell, joined by Burger, Douglas, Brennan, Stewart, White, Marshall, Blackmun
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amends. I, XIV

Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169 (1972), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that Central Connecticut State College's refusal to recognize a campus chapter of Students for a Democratic Society was unconstitutional. The denial of official recognition was found to violate the First Amendment.

The crux of the ruling was that the onus was on the college to provide valid reasons for denial, rather than insisting that the organization provide evidence that their recognition what not be harmful.

External links[edit]

  • Text of Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169 (1972) is available from:  Justia  Library of Congress  Oyez (oral argument audio) 
  • "Concise Account of Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169 (1972)". Student Press Law Center. SPLC. Retrieved 26 December 2013.