Attorney tells of successfully concluding Jesus portrait case

JewsOnFirst recorded conversation with Hal Sklar, who brought case against Harrison County School Board

by JewsOnFirst co-directors Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak and Jane Hunter, November 6, 2006

In a recorded conversation with JewsOnFirst, West Virginia attorney Hal Sklar discusses his successful struggle to have a portrait of Jesus removed from the hallway near a high school principal's office. Even after its own attorney said it would lose a lawsuit seeking the picture's removal, the Harrison County School Board fought on, backed by religious right groups.

Finally, last month, the board decided to settle the case by promising that its schools will not display items with religious content. In our conversation, Sklar recounts how he got the district from "no" to "yes" and the toll it took on him and his family.

Click here to listen to the conversation.

JewsOnFirst conversation with Hal Sklar
Case Documents: Harold Sklar and Jacqueline McKenzie vs. Board of Education of Harrison County

US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Civil Action No. 1:06-CV-103

The Complaint
The Court-ordered Settlement.

TOPIC: Public Education