Paul Thompson was quoted October 23 by Am Law Daily regarding a New Jersey school district's decision to ban Marcus Borden, a football coach, from leading pre-game prayers with his team due to a possible First Amendment violation. The district also banned Borden from kneeling and bowing silently during his players' prayers although he was no longer leading them. Borden subsequently sued the school district and won at the federal district level. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned the decision, citing the Establishment Clause, but lawyers are working pro bono to bring the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Thompson noted that Borden's case is tricky because kneeling and bowing would likely have been constitutional had his older approach of leading the prayers not been a clear violation. "It's like a Scarlet E. Once you violate the Establishment Clause, you always do it," he said.