O'Melveny's Dellinger Noted for His Participation in Constitution Day Activities in Mother Jones Article
September 20, 2011
In a September 20, 2011 article "Constitution Day: Not Just For Tea Partiers Anymore," Mother Jones reports that O'Melveny & Myers Appellate Partner Walter Dellinger visited a local DC school to teach children about the Constitution. Dellinger told the story of 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker and her 15-year-old brother John. They were the Iowa kids who were suspended from school for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. They fought their school district all the way to the Supreme Court and won a landmark student free speech case in 1969 in which the court ruled that, "It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Dellinger asked the kids probing questions, making them think about what free speech meant in that context: "Can a black arm band be speech? Can an arm band talk?” he asked. Dellinger resides in O'Melveny's Washington, DC office.