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American Legion v. American Humanist Association

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Produced on November 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Constitutional

Course Description

On February 27, 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, a hotly contested constitutional case regarding the display of religious symbols on public land. The Court was asked whether a 93-year-old memorial to community members who were killed during World War I is unconstitutional because it is shaped like a cross. The Court is also considering whether the use of public funds to maintain a religious symbol on public land endorses religion. Veteran constitutional attorney Erica Dubno discusses this case at length as well as its implications for other religious symbols on public property.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the history and procedural path of this important constitutional case, including the process for taking a case to the Supreme Court
  2. Consider the constitutional issues from different perspectives
  3. Appreciate the approaches of individual Supreme Court Justices
  4. Determine possible consequences of the decision and its impact on the separation of church and state

Credit Information

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Erica Dubno

Fahringer & Dubno, Herald Price Fahringer PLLC

Erica T. Dubno worked with Herald Price Fahringer for 20 years. She is one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Erica Dubno has received awards for her appellate advocacy and, together with Mr. Fahringer, has drafted criminal and civil appeals in the federal Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and in the New York Court of Appeals.

She has co-authored numerous articles with Herald Fahringer, as well as book reviews for the New York Law Journal. Erica Dubno graduated from Oberlin College and Brooklyn Law School with honors. 


Michael H.

Excellent discussion of the impacts and precedents of the Court's decision in the American Legion v. American Humanist case.

Daniel G.

Very good speaker.

Timothy C.

Thank you

Chelsey K.

Erica Dubno is wonderful. I find her teaching style so effective. Really enjoy every program that features her as a presenter.

Stephen M.

Really interesting, balanced and thorough!

Miles M.

Good presentation.

Michelle I.

Excellent speaker



Molly P.

Very pleasant voice and insightful analysis.

Liza C.

As a Maryland resident, I've heard a number of debates and seminars on this topic. Ms. Dubno is an excellent presenter!!

Frank K.

Excellent instructor

Cary K.

Very informative and interesting presentation.

James S.

Few things more interesting than a good First Amendment case. Well, of Supreme Court cases.....

kenneth H.


Louis D.

Great presenter!

Wayne L.

An interest captivating presentation. Nicely done.

Robert F.

Ms. Dubro is an excellent instructor, as usual.

Elizabeth B.

Really interesting presentation and the presenter was engaging.

Jill W.

Best Lawline CLE I’ve ever seen. Clear, fair, presented both sides evenly (in sharp contrast to this morning’s live CLE about the Heller decision.)

Joseph L.

A thorough and even-handed assessment of the background and import of the case. Would recommend.

Linda K.

Very good presenter on an interesting topic!

Margaret R.

Interesting legal and historical presentation.

John K.

Very good.

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