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1 C. L. Bull. 1 (1968-1969)

handle is hein.journals/colewbult1 and id is 1 raw text is: IUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION

The COLLEGE LAW BULLETIN is the new publication of the Student Legal Rights Program within
the U. S. National Student Association. The BULLETIN is designed to meet a need that has intensified
only recently: the collection and dissemination of current material pertaining to the legal rights of students,
faculty, and administrators in the special context of the American college and university.
The first issue of the BULLETIN is being sent to you free of charge in the hope that you will become
a regular subscriber in the future. Management of the BULLETIN is under Mr. Roy Lucas, a New York
attorney (as Editor-in-Chief) and Mr. Al Milano, Director of the Student Legal Rights Program (as Man-
aging Editor). The BULLETIN is prepared in New York and published at the USNSA offices in Wash-
ington, D. C.
The BULLETIN will be published on a monthly basis, except for July and August. In addition to re-
ceiving the BULLETIN, you will be sent occasional papers concerning student legal rights, as they are pre-
pared by the Student Legal Rights program. The BULLETIN will publish brief notes on decisions and pend-
ing cases, administrative rulings and regulations, statutes, law review articles, and important recent books.
There will also be descriptions of the activities of various projects and announcements of significant meetings
dealing with the area covered by the BULLETIN.
We would be indebted to individuals who would send relevant current information to Mr. Lucas, 20
East 9th St., New York, N. Y. 10003. Of special interest are pending cases, unpublished decisions, abstracts
of significant campus problems, and projected conferences or publications. Copies of briefs, orders, and mate-
rials too extensive for full publication will also be useful.
Subscription rates and information is located on the back page.
Summary of 1967-68 Term Cases Affecting the Legal Rights of
Students, faculty Members, and College Administrators

Freedom of Expression -
Faculty Criticism of School Board:
Faculty member reinstated after having been fired for
writing critical letter to local newspaper about manner
in which school board had handled past proposals to
raise new revenue for schools.
In Pickering v. Board of Education, 391 U. S. 563
(1968), rev'g 36 Ill. 2d 568, 225 N.E.2d 1 (1967), the
Supreme Court decided a case of major significance to
members of the academic community. The case involved
the right of a public school teacher to criticize his superiors
in public discourse. Pickering had written a partially in-
accurate letter to the local newspaper criticizing the way
... the Board . . . had handled past proposals to raise new
revenue for the schools. The Board subsequently fired
Pickering on the ground that publication of the letter was

'detrimental to the efficient operation and administration of
the schools of the district . . . .' 
Pickering claimed that his writing of the letter was pro-
tected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The
Supreme Court accepted this position-eight-to-one-and
ordered Pickering reinstated. The Court's opinion dis-
cussed several important points.
Firkt the Juitices reaffirmed the established principle
that teachers may not constitutionally be compelled to
relinquish the First Amendment rights they would other-
wise enjoy as citizens to comment on matters of public
interest in connection with the operation of the public
schools . . . . This once again repudiates the notion that
teachers are somehow burdened with an obligation to with-
draw silently from public affairs.
Second, the Court pointed out that no question of
maintaining either discipline by immediate superiors or
harmony among coworkers was at issue. The Justices

Vol. I, No. 1, November, 1968

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