Students, MySpace, and the First Amendment

It has long appeared to be a basic legal principle that, while public school officials are the masters of their own domain, they generally do not have authority elsewhere — unless they can show that off-campus activity directly implicates the operation of the schools.

Constitution Check: Do civil rights laws protect church employees?

While lower courts for years have often recognized a “ministerial exception” to federal, state and local laws against discrimination in the workplace, the Supreme Court itself had never done so. Although bold in some ways, the decision was, in fact, quite cautious.