DeFunis v. Odegaard

LOCATION: University of Washington Law School

DOCKET NO.: 73-235
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: Washington Supreme Court

CITATION: 416 US 312 (1974)
ARGUED: Feb 26, 1974
DECIDED: Apr 23, 1974

Anderson -
Josef Diamond - for petitioners
Slade Gorton - for respondents

Facts of the case

DeFunis was denied admission to the University of Washington Law School despite test scores that were higher than some of the minorities admitted. DeFunis then successfully asked a trial court to require the school to admit him. On appeal, the Washington Supreme Court reversed, upholding the school's decision to deny DeFunis admission. The U.S. Supreme Court considered the case as DeFunis was entering his final year of school.


Was the case in question moot and therefore outside the scope of judicial review?

Media for DeFunis v. Odegaard

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - February 26, 1974 in DeFunis v. Odegaard

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - April 23, 1974 in DeFunis v. Odegaard

Warren E. Burger:

I have the disposition to announce in Number 73-235, DeFunis against Odegaard, for reasons stated in the opinion filed with the clerk this morning.

The judgment of the Supreme Court of Washington has vacated, has moot him because he is remanded for such proceedings as that Court may being appropriate.

Mr. Justice Douglas filed a dissenting opinion.

Mr. Justice Brennan filed a dissenting opinion, in which Mr. Justice Douglas, Mr. Justice White and Mr. Justice Marshall joined.