Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

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Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued January 20, 2015
Decided April 29, 2015
Full case name Lanell Williams-Yulee, Petitioner v. The Florida Bar
Docket no. 13-1499
Citations 575 U.S. ___ (more)
135 S. Ct. 1656; 191 L. Ed. 2d 570; 83 U.S.L.W. 4269; 25 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 213; 2015 WL 1913912; 2015 U.S. LEXIS 2983
Argument Oral argument
Opinion announcement Opinion announcement
Case history
Prior On writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of Florida; Fla. Bar v. Williams-Yulee, 138 So. 3d 379 (Fla. 2014)
The First Amendment does not prohibit States from barring judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting funds for their election campaigns, provided the restriction on speech is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest. Supreme Court of Florida affirmed.
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
Antonin Scalia · Anthony Kennedy
Clarence Thomas · Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer · Samuel Alito
Sonia Sotomayor · Elena Kagan
Case opinions
Majority Roberts, joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan; Ginsburg (except as to Part II)
Concurrence Breyer
Concurrence Ginsburg, concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, joined by Breyer (except as to Part II)
Dissent Scalia, joined by Thomas
Dissent Kennedy
Dissent Alito
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I, Florida Code of Judicial Conduct Canon 7C(1)

Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, 575 U.S. ___ (2015), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that the First Amendment did not prohibit States from barring judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting funds for their election campaigns since that specific restriction on candidate's speech was deemed to be narrowly tailored to serve the compelling interest of keeping the judiciary impartial.[1]


  1. ^ Andrew Lessig, "Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar: Judicial Elections as the Exception", The DIGEST: National Italian American Bar Association Law Journal, Apr. 24, 2016.

External links

  • Text of Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, 575 U.S. ___ (2015) is available from:  Cornell  Google Scholar  Justia  Oyez (oral argument audio) 
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