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SCOTUS Rules Evangelical College Student Can Pursue First Amendment Lawsuit

Posted Mar 12, 2021

On March 8, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an 8-1 decision  in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, holding that an evangelical Christian college student had standing to pursue his claim for nominal damages against a public college for alleged freedom of speech violations. This standing existed even thought the college changed the campus speech policies at issue after the lawsuit was filed. The plaintiff student had twice tried to distribute religious-themed literature on the grounds of Georgia Gwinnett College, but was stopped by college police officers both times. Chief Justice John Roberts was the only dissenting justice. See SCOTUSblogABA Journal.