Keyishian v. Board of Regents, 385 U.S. 589 (1967)

Free Speech Out Loud
Keyishian v. Board of Regents, 385 U.S. 589 (1967)

Keyishian v. Board of Regents is read by Don Murphy.

Legal Question: Whether provisions of the Education Law and Civil Service Law requiring public servants to renounce Communism were overly broad and vague.

Action: The Court ruled in favor of the employees and held that the provisions at issue were unconstitutional as applied.

Mr. Justice Brennan delivered the opinion of the Court, at 00:58

Mr. Justice Clark, with whom Mr. Justice Harlan, Mr. Justice Stewart and Mr. Justice White join, dissenting, at 49:36

This opinion's citations have been edited down for ease of listening. For more information, visit our explanation.

For more on Keyishian, visit FIRE's First Amendment Library.

For more episodes, visit

Recent Episodes