Doe v. Madison Metropolitan School District
Description: A Madison Metropolitan School District policy instructs district employees to assist children of any age to adopt a transgender identity at school upon the child’s request without notice to or consent from parents, to conceal from parents the fact that school personnel are doing this unless the child “consents” to the parents being told, and even instructs district employees to conceal these facts from parents.
Parents to WI Supreme Court: Schools can’t exclude us from children’s health decisions
WHO: Attorneys with Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom
WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Doe v. Madison Metropolitan School District
WHEN: Immediately following hearing, which begins at 11 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 24
WHERE: Wisconsin Supreme Court, 16 East State Capitol, Madison; an audio livestream will be available. To schedule an interview, contact ADF Media Relations Manager Ellie Wittman at (202) 503-7984.
MADISON, Wis. – Attorneys with Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom representing a group of parents challenging a Madison Metropolitan School District policy will be available for media interviews Tuesday following oral arguments at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Lead counsel from WILL, together with ADF attorneys, filed the lawsuit Doe v. Madison Metropolitan School District in February 2020, representing multiple families at the school district in challenging the policy, which violates constitutionally protected parental rights. The policy instructs district employees to assist children of any age, upon their request, to adopt an identity at odds with the child’s biological sex without notice to or consent from parents, and to conceal from parents the fact that school personnel are doing this unless the child “consents” to the parents being told.
“The central question in this case is who can make major decisions for a child? WILL and ADF stand with parents who have a constitutional right to direct the upbringing of their child,” said WILL Deputy Counsel Luke Berg, who will argue before the court on behalf of the parents. “Schools have no authority to usurp this right, nor can they conspire to hide critical information from parents.”
“Parents—not school boards—have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, care, and education of children,” said ADF Senior Counsel Roger Brooks. “It is essential that teachers inform parents if their child struggles with any type of mental or physical condition at school so they can make the best, informed decisions to protect the child’s health and wellbeing. The Wisconsin Supreme Court must protect every parent’s right to parent.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.
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Roger G. Brooks serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives. Brooks focuses his efforts on protecting freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and parental rights, and defending those who believe that the biological reality of male and female matters. Prior to joining ADF in 2018, Brooks worked with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore for 25 years, 19 of those as a partner in the litigation department. Brooks received an A.B. from Princeton University, followed by a master’s degree in history and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. After law school, Brooks clerked with the Hon. John D. Butzner, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He received his Master of Divinity from Regent College Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia. Brooks served on the board of ADF (2012-2014) and on the board of the Christian Legal Society (2002-2011). He is a member of the state bars of New York and North Carolina.