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The Court Speaks on Free Speech - Podcast

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
Eugene Volokh June 24, 2015

On Jun 18, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases with free speech implications. In Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Court held that the speech involved in a specialty license plate was government speech, and the government can regulate its content. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the Court held that the content-based time, size and location regulation of a church's signage did not pass strict scrutiny. Our expert discussed the details of the opinions and took questions from the audience.

  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 4-26-13 featuring Erik Jaffe
Erik S. Jaffe April 26, 2013

Erik JaffeOn April 22, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.  The question in the case is whether  United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, 22 U.S.C. § 7631(f), which requires an organization to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking in order to receive federal funding to provide HIV and AIDS programs overseas, violates the First Amendment.

To discuss the case we have Erik Jaffe, a Washington, D.C. attorney who specializes in appellate litigation.

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Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate - Event Audio

Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter
Greg Lukianoff, Brian J. Paul April 19, 2013

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate - Event AudioOn April 11, 2013, the Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society hosted an event featuring Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Mr. Lukianoff discussed his new book "Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of the American Debate". Introduction by Mr. Brian J. Paul of Ice Miller LLP and President of the Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter.

Who Said That?: A Simple Question That May Change the Way Courts View Legislative Prayer

Engage Volume 14, Issue 1 February 2013
Brett Harvey, Joel Oster April 11, 2013

Who Said That?: A Simple Question That May Change the Way Courts View Legislative PrayerTwo current cases sharing substantively similar facts illustrate the current legal debate over legislative prayer. On November 8, 2012, in Rubin v. City of Lancaster, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument on a challenge to a legislative prayer practice.17 And on December 6, 2012, a Petition for Certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Galloway v. Town of Greece.18  In both cases, the towns created opportunities for private citizens to voluntarily open town council meetings with invocations....[Read More!]

The Muslim World - Event Audio/Video

Silenced: Are Global Trends to Ban Religious Defamation, Religious Insult, and Islamophobia a New Challenge to First Amendment Freedoms?
David F. Forte, Amjad M. Khan, Jacob Mchangama, Samuel Tadros, James P. Kelly December 01, 2011

The Muslim WorldThe West is also now experiencing a move toward new blasphemy standards through bans on "hate speech," "the stereotyping of Islam," and charges of "Islamophobia." The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) within the United Nations and in the European Union has been a visible proponent of hate speech restrictions and other measures. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the U.S. government will sponsor a conference with the OIC on how to implement a U.N. resolution combating "negative stereotyping" of Islam, the focus of a recent U.N. resolution. Speakers at our conference on November 4 addressed the prevalence of trends concerning hate speech and blasphemy laws, and whether they pose a serious threat to the freedoms of citizens of the West, including Muslims, as well as people in OIC member states. This panel on "The Muslim World" featured Prof. David F. Forte of Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law; Mr. Amjad Mahmood Khan of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA; Mr. Jacob Mchangama of the Center for Political Studies (Copenhagen, Denmark); Mr. Samuel Tadros of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom; and Mr. James P. Kelly III, Director of International Affairs at the The Federalist Society, as the moderator.