First Amendment News

Court Majority Wisely Rejects Expansive Application of Professional Speech Doctrine

A positive development emerged from the Supreme Court’s invalidation of two compelled notices in a California law that required pro-life pregnancy centers to provide notices about the availability of abortion
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Podcast: Deconstructing the “Gay Wedding Cake” Case

Lata Nott delves into one of the most controversial cases on the Supreme Court’s docket this year, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and what the Court’s decision means for First Amendment and LGBTQ rights.
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Golden Nuggets for Free-Expression Advocates in an Unusual Case

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida (17-21) has some golden nuggets for free-expression advocates even though at first glance the opinion might seem
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Supreme Court Reached the Right Result – But the Opinion Could Have Been Stronger

The U.S. Supreme Court reached the correct result in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky (2018), striking down a supremely overbroad law that prohibited individuals from wearing political badges, political buttons,
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Georgia Supreme Court Declines to Review Free-Speech Case of Public School Teacher, But Justice Warns of First Amendment Overreach

The Georgia Supreme Court declined to review the free-speech case of Kelly Tucker, a public school teacher in Tift County who was suspended for five days for a Facebook post
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Two Federal Appeals Courts Uphold National Motto on Money from Constitutional and Statutory Challenges

The inclusion of the national motto “In God We Trust” does not violate the First Amendment.
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Book on Sit-Ins Is a Most Compelling Read

A brilliant new book titled The Sit-Ins: Protest & Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era (University of Chicago Press) examines the sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement in the
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Justice Stephen Breyer’s Memorable First Amendment Passages

Justice Stephen G. Breyer is one of the more scholarly jurists to serve on the nation’s high court, authoring such thought-provoking books such as Active Liberty (2006), Making Our Democracy Work
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Parole Officer is Garcettized, Loses First Amendment Retaliation Case

A longtime parole officer for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) lost her First Amendment retaliation case before a federal district court.   The ruling shows
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Justice Owen Roberts’ Most Memorable First Amendment Passages

Justice Owen J. Roberts (1875 – 1955) was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice perhaps best known for changing his view on the constitutionality of federal New Deal legislation that established
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