1940 January 9

ABA House of Delegates Calls for Defense of Civil Liberties


The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association on this day instructed its two-year old Bill of Rights Committee to condemn all violations of civil liberties. The committee was instructed to file amicus briefs in two cases involving children of Jehovah’s Witnesses who had refused to participate in compulsory flag salutes in schools. Both cases are expected to go to the Supreme Court.

The ABA created its Committee on the Bill of Rights in 1938, and filed an amicus brief in the historic Hague v. C.I.O. case, involving the denial of First Amendment rights to labor organizers in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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