Cases & Deals

Ninth Circuit Court adopts Firm's position against using government aid to religiously influence citizens

Clients Amici Anti-Defamation League and Americans United

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals adopted Jones Day's position on behalf of amici Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The Court ruled that the Establishment Clause prevents government aid from being used to religiously indoctrinate citizens. In this case, the City of Boise leased a 2.5 million dollar property for $1 per year to a group that indoctrinated homeless guests on the premises.

The opinion is significant, in part, because it recognizes that government aid can have the impermissible effect of advancing religion even if it is provided on a "religion neutral" basis. As a result, Idaho Legal Aid and its client, the nonprofit organization Community House, won a victory that will protect the rights of the Boise homeless.

Community House, Inc. et al. v. City of Boise, 468 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2006), pet. for renewal and renewal en banc denied, amended opinion (9th Cir. 2007)