Mendez v. Westminster

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DIST. OF ORANGE COUNTY et al. v. MENDEZ et al.  (1947) 
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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Mendez v. Westminster is a landmark Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Court decision related to the racial segregation of pupils in schools and its unconstitutionality. This case was the first to set precedent for the Supreme Court Case Brown v. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

161 F.2d 774

Gonzalo Mendez, father representing Sylvia Mendez, Plaintiffs-Appellants

v.

Westminster School District of Orange County, California, Defendants-Appellees

No. 11310.

United States Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit.


14 April 1947.

As Corrected 1 August 1947.


*775 Joel E. Ogle, County Counsel, George F. Holden and Royal E. Hubbard, Deputies County Counsel, all of Santa Ana, Cal., for appellant.

David C. Marcus, Los Angeles, Cal. (William Strong, of Los Angeles, Cal., of counsel), for appellees.

Thurgood Marshall, and Robert L. Carter, both of New York City, and Loren Miller, of Los Angeles, Cal., for Nat. Ass'n Advancement of Colored People, amicus curiæ.

Will Maslow and Pauli Murray, both of New York City, Anne H. Pollock, of Los Angeles, Cal. (Alexander H. Pekelis, of New York City, Spe. Advisor), for American Jewish Congress, amicus curiæ.

Julien Cornell, Arthur Garfield Hays and Osmond K. Fraenkel, all of New York City, A. L. Wirin and Fred Okrand, both of Los Angeles, Cal., for American Civil Liberties Union, amicus curiæ.

Charles F. Christopher, of Los Angeles, Cal., for Nat. Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter, amicus curiæ.

A. L. Wirin and Saburo Kido, both of Los Angeles, Cal., for Japanese-American Citizens League.

Robert W. Kenney, Atty. Gen., of Cal., and T. A. Westphal, Jr., Deputy Atty. Gen., for Atty. Gen. of Cal., amicus curiæ.

Before GARRECHT, DENMAN, MATHEWS, STEPHENS, HEALY, BONE, and ORR, Circuit Judges.

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