No. 70-36.

408 U.S. 593 (1972)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 29, 1972.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

W. O. Shafer argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief was Lucius D. Bunton.

Michael H. Gottesman argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were George H. Cohen and Warren Burnett.

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed by David Rubin and Richard J. Medalie for the National Education Association; by John Ligtenberg and Andrew J. Leahy for the American Federation of Teachers; and by Herman I. Orentlicher and William W. Van Alstyne for the American Association of University Professors.

MR. JUSTICE STEWART delivered the opinion of the Court.

From 1959 to 1969 the respondent, Robert Sindermann, was a teacher in the state college system of the State of Texas. After teaching for two years at the University of Texas and for four years at San Antonio Junior College, he became a professor of Government and Social Science at Odessa Junior College in 1965. He was employed at the college for four successive years, under a series of one-year contracts. He...

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