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Willamette Professor Speaks at Harvard on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Willamette Professor Steven K. Green served as discussant for a keynote address entitled, "The Supreme Court Has Decided the Cleveland Case: Now What?" given in October by Kenneth W. Starr at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The Cleveland case, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, challenged the constitutionality of the use of publicly funded vouchers in private religious schools. In 1996, Green represented a coalition of education and civil rights groups that challenged the Ohio program. Green, who for nine years served as general counsel and director of policy for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, helped litigate the case through the state and federal courts. In February 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the Cleveland school vouchers case. Green served as second chair in oral arguments before the high court. In June, a sharply divided court held that Cleveland's voucher program did not violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. The case was characterized by Dean John Jeffries of the University of Virginia Law School as "the most important church-state issue of our time."

At Willamette, Professor Green teaches Constitutional Law I and II, First Amendment Law, Administrative Law, and Criminal Law. He holds the Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of North Carolina. He also studied at Duke Law and Divinity schools.



07-30-2002