Shapiro v. Thompson

Absent a compelling state interest, state laws that impose residency requirements to obtain welfare assistance violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment. Such laws also violate the constitutional right to travel by inhibiting migration by needy persons into the state.

Edwards v. Habib

The Court held that the landlord’s right to terminate a month-to-month tenancy “for any reason or no reason at all” did not include the “right” to terminate because the tenant complained of housing code violations.

Department of Agriculture v. Moreno

The government cannot exclude households from receiving food stamps based on whether they include a person who is unrelated to any other member of the household.

Department of Agriculture v. Murry

Food Stamp Act violates due process because a standard is not a rational measure of need and the administration of the Act allows no hearing to show that the standard is irrelevant to the need of the household.

Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Co.

Where the element of unconscionability is present at the time a contract is made, the contract should not be enforced. The case is remanded to the lower court to determine whether the contract was unconscionable.

Bellow, Gary 1999

Downloadable URL (mp4 file): (698 MB) Biographical Note Gary Bellow was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1935. He graduated with honors from Yale University in 1957 and from Harvard Law School in 1960. He received a Ford Foundation fellowship in criminal law and spent a year at Northwestern University Law School, which had just … Read more

Edgar Cahn oral history 2002

Downloadable URL (mp4 file): Related collection: The Edgar and Jean Cahn Papers, Bio note Edgar Cahn earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1956, and his M.A. and PhD in English literature from Yale University in 1960. While at Swarthmore, he met Jean Camper, the daughter of Dr. John E. T. Camper, a … Read more