Press Release

In response to PLF suit, South Dakota will let boys dance

Sioux Falls, South Dakota; May 8, 2018: Last month, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging the South Dakota High School Athletic Association’s unconstitutional rule that kept boys from participating in competitive dance. Today, SDHSAA announced that they would suspend the rule. PLF attorney Caleb Trotter released the following statement about the decision:

“Today, the Association did the right thing and voted to suspend the discriminatory rule for the upcoming school year. As a result, our client, Freddie Linden, will be able to dance this fall. We commend the Association for its quick action in changing the rule before school lets out for the summer. In the coming months, the Association will consider making a permanent change to the rule, and we are hopeful that the Association will permanently remove the rule and just let the boys dance. As for our lawsuit, the legal team is currently weighing all of its options moving forward.”

More information about this case is available here.


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Collin Callahan at ccallahan@pacificlegal.org.

Case Attorneys

Joshua P. Thompson

Senior Attorney

Joshua Thompson joined Pacific Legal Foundation in August 2007. He primarily litigates cases involving equality under the law, economic liberty, school choice, and coastal land rights. Joshua was raised in … ›

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Caleb R. Trotter

Attorney

Caleb Trotter joined Pacific Legal Foundation in September 2015. He primarily litigates cases involving economic liberty, the First Amendment, school choice, and the administrative state. After growing up in Oklahoma, … ›

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Erin Wilcox

Attorney

Erin Wilcox joined PLF in 2018 and works primarily from Austin, Texas. She litigates cases around the country to secure the inalienable rights of all Americans to live responsibly and … ›

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