Press Release

Media Advisory: Pledge of Allegiance Oral Argument Set for September 4, 2013

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

Additional Information

Washington, D.C. – Becket will represent local families and the Acton-Boxborough School District before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on September 4, 2013. The court will consider a constitutional challenge to the Pledge brought by a secularist group and defended by schoolchildren who seek to preserve the Pledge. After being briefed on the important constitutional issues and the broad implications for Massachusetts schools that the case raises, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed to hear the case without waiting for a decision from the intermediate Court of Appeals. This is the fourth of a series of major lawsuits that have attempted to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge; Becket has thus far successfully defended all four.

What: Doe v. Acton-Boxborough oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Who: Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel, and Diana Verm, Counsel, Becket

When: Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Where: John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108

For more information or to arrange an interview with an attorney, please contact Melinda Skea, at or call 202.349.7224.

Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 18 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law.