William Bentley Ball

William Bentley Ball was one of the nation’s foremost Catholic constitutional lawyers, serving as counsel in 25 constitutional cases before the Supreme Court and many more before state supreme courts.  He is best known for the case Wisconsin vs. Yoder, in which he successfully argued that it was a violation of religious liberty for the state of Wisconsin to force Amish children to attend public school.  He assisted many pro-life and religious liberty groups, and he often represented the Catholic viewpoint in court.  Among other books, he was the author of Mere Creatures of The State: Education, Religion, and The Courts.




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