The Law and Free Speech

The Law and Free Speech. The legal landscape for free speech was defined by the Supreme Court over the past century. This lesson explores the landmark cases and legal reasoning behind the strong speech protections that Americans uniquely enjoy, while …

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FIRE calls on Iowa Law to nix inclusion pledge for faculty

(5 days ago) Iowa Law is not the only institution to consider implementing a question about DEI in faculty evaluations. In 2018, we saw the University of California, Los Angeles require all professors applying for a tenure-track position to include a diversity statement in their portfolio. More recently, Cornell University proposed a policy that would include a DEI-related question in course evaluations

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Tips for Students in Law School

(3 days ago) They may consist of law students entering into a formal agreement with the university or a student government to provide assistance and support to students facing the campus disciplinary process. They may form or join a legal aid clinic formally sponsored by law professors or a department at the law school to provide services to students. First

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Seattle Law School clarifies it will protect students

(9 days ago) Seattle Law School clarifies it will protect students’ associational rights. by Sabrina Conza. May 19, 2021. Last month, FIRE asked Seattle University School of Law to clarify whether it was allowing its student government to discriminate against student groups based on their viewpoints.. Today, FIRE got its answer.

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What might a new Iowa law mean for professors’ …

(1 days ago) The law does defer to institutions’ investigative processes, which may or may not provide ample due process protections for professors. Ideally, those processes should be able to separate instances where a professor’s conduct is protected by academic freedom from instances when it isn’t. Where the law aligns with the proper workings of

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Free speech controversy at Yale Law, faculty invited to

(5 days ago) Free speech controversy at Yale Law, faculty invited to respond — FAN 316. by Ronald K. L. Collins. October 20, 2021. In light of recent news stories about and commentaries on free speech at Yale Law School, First Amendment News invites any member of the Yale Law School faculty or administration to comment on the controversy.

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How Yale Law School pressured a law student to …

(6 days ago) A member of the Black Law Students Association called it “a reference to the racist impact of both drugs and the war on drugs as well as urban decay and redlining,” and argued that it was an “inherently anti-Black sentiment.” The law school’s administration immediately swooped in.

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Seattle Law School mum on whether student government …

(2 days ago) Seattle Law School mum on whether student government can oust student groups over views. by Sabrina Conza. May 11, 2021. The Seattle University School of Law’s chapter of the Federalist Society faced a tough decision earlier this year when students called on the club to denounce former Federalist Society members, Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh

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Confusion, caution over new Oklahoma law continue to

(Just Now) Confusion, caution over new Oklahoma law continue to impact college teaching. by Peter Bonilla. July 8, 2021. As my colleague Graham Piro wrote last week, Oklahoma’s new education law targeting the teaching of certain concepts has officially taken effect. FIRE has criticized similar legislative efforts in numerous states, noting their

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Stanford Law faculty, dean come to defense of student

(3 days ago) Stanford Law faculty, dean come to defense of student, call for systemic reforms. by Adam Steinbaugh. June 8, 2021. In the wake of last week’s volcanic public response to an investigation initiated by Stanford University’s Office of Community Standards — the university agency tasked with enforcing student conduct regulations — Stanford Law’s faculty and dean have issued laudable

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One Georgetown Law professor fired, one resigns after

(4 days ago) Georgetown Law's policies on whether the professors should have been punished by the school are clear: They had the right to have that conversation. Last month alone, 153 people came to FIRE when their rights were in jeopardy. Hear their stories — and how we're fighting back — by subscribing today.

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FIRE launches Can I Publish This

(2 days ago) And while student media editors could spend hours combing through media law textbooks to answer the question, we’d rather they focus their time on, y’know, journalism. So FIRE has done the work for them. The result is, an interactive guide to common media law and First Amendment concepts, designed for student journalists.

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New Tennessee law is good news for academic freedom

(3 days ago) New Tennessee law is good news for academic freedom. by Joe Cohn. May 15, 2017. Last week, FIRE was happy to report that a comprehensive campus free speech bill was signed into law in Tennessee by Governor Bill Haslam after receiving overwhelming bipartisan support in the Tennessee General Assembly. While the new law has received a great deal of praise, some have raised good …

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Syracuse University: Disciplinary Investigations of

(7 days ago) Category: Due Process, Free Speech Schools: Syracuse University Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL) student Len Audaer was told on October 18, 2010, that he was being investigated for harassment for his alleged involvement with the anonymous, satirical blog SUCOLitis about life in law school, which was meant to emulate The Onion.

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Court strikes down Kansas BDS law

(8 days ago) Court strikes down Kansas BDS law. by Brynne Madway. February 13, 2018. Last year, Kansas passed a law requiring state contractors to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel, and prohibiting them from participating in “Boycott, Divestment, Sanction” (BDS) campaigns. Contractors who did not want to sign the certification could apply for a waiver, which was to be granted

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FIRE Letter to University of Iowa College of Law, October

(9 days ago) FIRE Letter to University of Iowa College of Law, October 12, 2020. by FIRE October 12, 2020. PDF. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info. Schools: University of Iowa Cases: University of Iowa College of Law: Faculty Evaluations Include Question About

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Law review article: Just how exceptional is the First

(7 days ago) Law review article: Just how exceptional is the First Amendment? by Zach Greenberg. August 25, 2017. The numerous cases striking down college speech codes stand as a testament to a robust First Amendment.Courts have vigorously enforced the First Amendment against universities that censor students and professors, and its constitutional protections are generally advanced as evidence …

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Law student’s graduation in jeopardy as Stanford

(2 days ago) Stanford University law student Nicholas Wallace was set to graduate this month, but his degree is now in jeopardy. After receiving a complaint about a satirical email that Wallace sent to his peers in January, Stanford launched an investigation into Wallace.

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FIRE warns University of Illinois Chicago over

(2 days ago) FIRE warns University of Illinois Chicago over investigation into law professor’s exam question. by Alex Morey. January 22, 2021. FIRE warned the University of Illinois Chicago this week that its investigation of law professor Jason Kilborn — who used a redacted reference to a racial slur on a final exam — raises serious concerns about academic freedom.

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Court filing: Yale’s lawyers make surprising claims about

(8 days ago) Alan Dershowitz has now taken his grievance to the deans of Yale Law School and Yale School of Medicine. Fortunately, I am less afraid of power than I am of truth. I have considered the costs; if he expects me to cower and to compromise, I will not. — Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@BandyXLee1) January 11, 2020

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Florida legislation on recording classes invites ‘gotcha

(8 days ago) Florida legislation on recording classes invites ‘gotcha’ politics into the classroom. Legislation that is close to becoming law in Florida would strongly undermine campus free speech and academic freedom by misguidedly allowing students to record classrooms. The question of whether it is appropriate for students to have the right to record

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Victim Rights Law Center, et al. v. Cardona, et al. (D

(5 days ago) FIRE, joined by Independent Women’s Law Center and Speech First, moved to intervene as defendants on July 21, 2020. After the district court denied their motion on July 27, 2020, in a summary order, FIRE, IWLC, and Speech First appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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(6 days ago) New York Judiciary Law § 90, subd. 1, par. a (1968). [1] To carry out this provision, the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules require the appointment, in each of the four Judicial Departments into which the Supreme Court is divided, of a Committee or Committees on Character and Fitness. [2]

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FIRE objects after Wayne State Law School says students

(4 days ago) Above the Law reported earlier this month that an unidentified member of Wayne State Law School’s administration emailed the graduating class after some of those students began advocating online for a “diploma privilege” option, in lieu of taking the Michigan State Bar exam.

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FIRE calls on University of San Diego Law to cease

(4 days ago) USD Law’s decision to investigate Smith is an impermissible outcome at a university that guarantees its professors academic freedom. FIRE calls on the law school to end its investigation into Smith and reaffirm to its faculty that their academic freedom rights will be protected.

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First Amendment News 299: New Florida law bars tech

(5 days ago) Challenge to federal anti-riot law rejected. This from Josh Gerstein over at Politico: A federal judge in Alabama has upheld the constitutionality of a half-century-old federal anti-riot law in the face of claims that the law has racist roots and threatens protest activity protected by …

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Doubling down: Iowa State again insists new ‘critical race

(7 days ago) The guidance in this document is intended to help faculty understand and comply with the new law, while also teaching their classes and carrying out the university’s academic mission. Under House File 802, the university cannot “teach, advocate, act upon, or promote” specific defined concepts in “any mandatory staff or student training.”

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Whittier Law Professor Instructs Students on the Dangers

(5 days ago) Whittier Law Professor Instructs Students on the Dangers of Censorship. by Catherine Sevcenko. July 13, 2016. A group of law students sent an anonymous letter to one of their professors objecting to the fact that she wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt to class; her response has gone viral. Inside Higher Ed ’s Scott Jaschik verified the authenticity of the correspondence, identifying

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Pressure continues against campus critics of China

(5 days ago) May 24, 2021. Exiled activist and politician Nathan Law is no stranger to efforts to silence him — if he returns to Hong Kong, he will undoubtedly face arrest under the national security law. But a recent incident with Law at the University of Chicago is a reminder that, even on campuses far outside of Hong Kong and China, the right to speak

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University of Illinois Chicago reneges on agreement with

(2 days ago) University of Illinois Chicago reneges on agreement with law professor Jason Kilborn by Josh Bleisch. November 22, 2021. Just a few months after agreeing not to punish law professor Jason Kilborn for his use of pedagogically relevant references to redacted slurs on an exam, the University of Illinois Chicago is going back on its promise.UIC’s latest violation of Kilborn’s First Amendment

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Rutgers Law student government to student groups: Promote

(8 days ago) Rutgers Law student government to student groups: Promote critical race theory or lose funding. by FIRE. May 17, 2021. CAMDEN, N.J., May 17, 2021 — Need more funding for your club at Rutgers Law School? The Rutgers’ Student Bar Association can help — but only if you put on your critical race theory lenses first.

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Professor removed by St. John's for asking history

(6 days ago) The petition argues that St. John’s violated a New York law that prohibits private colleges from making arbitrary decisions — the same law involved in the still-ongoing case involving Fordham University and its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter. You can read the petition in full below: Taylor v. St. John’s, February 4, 2021

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In challenge to Georgia's anti-BDS law, federal district

(1 days ago) This was required due to a 2016 Georgia law, O.C.G.A. § 50-5-85, which stipulated the state shall not enter into contracts with people or businesses whose actions “are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel or individuals or companies doing business in Israel or in Israeli controlled territories.”

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University of Iowa issues — then quickly rescinds

(4 days ago) Like the Iowa law and board of regents policy, it simply bans mandates. It is disappointing to see colleges and universities use laws banning mandates about conduct as an excuse to ban speech . Even if these laws did ban constitutionally protected speech, that would be, well, unconstitutional, and schools would have no authority to enforce them.

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Harvard Law professors to Department of Education: campus

(Just Now) Harvard Law professors to Department of Education: campus sexual assault policy needs revisiting. by Joe Cohn. August 25, 2017. Earlier this week, four Harvard Law School professors (and self-described feminists) submitted a memorandum to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) arguing that sexual misconduct on college campuses requires solutions designed to …

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Pace Law School Denies Recognition to Religious Student

(3 days ago) FIRE wrote a letter to Pace Law School Dean Stephen J. Friedman on January 11, 2007 to urge him to intervene. FIRE expressed its hope that “as leaders in the field of law and institutional governance, the Pace administration [would] step in where the Student Bar Association has failed, to correct its unjust, arbitrary, and discriminatory

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Harvard Law Faculty Members Blast New Sexual Harassment

(3 days ago) BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2014—Today, 28 members of the Harvard Law School faculty released a statement in The Boston Globe strongly objecting to Harvard University’s new sexual harassment policy. The Harvard faculty’s open letter reflects growing concerns among many commentators about new laws, federal guidance, and campus policies that sacrifice due process and …

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First Amendment News 308: UC Davis law review symposium on

(5 days ago) Drawing on parallels between ten seminal Supreme Court cases and current events, Free Speech Handbook lays out the fundamentals of First Amendment law in an accessible and engaging way. Contents. Chapter 1: The Women’s March and the Marketplace of Ideas. Chapter 2: Take a Knee and the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Law professor still subject to sanctions from Howard

(7 days ago) Law professor still subject to sanctions from Howard University for Brazilian wax hypothetical on quiz. by Susan Kruth. December 19, 2017. Back in June, FIRE wrote to Howard University after it punished law professor Reginald Robinson for including on a quiz a question involving a client receiving a Brazilian wax. We reported in July that a tentative agreement between Robinson and …

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Cornell law professors stress importance of cross

(Just Now) Cornell law professors stress importance of cross-examination and following institutional procedures in amici brief. by Susan Kruth. April 5, 2018. Last week, 23 Cornell Law School professors filed an amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief in Doe v. Cornell University, a case in which a Cornell student identified by the pseudonym John Doe alleged that the university failed to follow

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Faculty Network interview: Andrew Geronimo, Case Western

(8 days ago) Law school is generally three years, and in some states, like Ohio, students (usually in their final year) can practice in a limited capacity, under supervision, on matters for indigent clients or in the public interest.

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First Amendment News 298: Commentary — Cancel culture at

(8 days ago) First Amendment News 298: Commentary — Cancel culture at Seattle University Law School? Point-counterpoints. by Ronald K. L. Collins. May 19, 2021. With ever-increasing regularity, complaints about cancel culture have become a common feature in the discourse about free speech and association in America. It is a frequent objection among conservatives that the powers of “political

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First Amendment News 315: Do religious speech and

(3 days ago) Yes there’s precedent for a law professor debating a sitting Justice. Last week we posted a commentary titled “Should Justice Alito debate the Court’s shadow docket critics?” As unlikely as that prospect seems, there is indeed precedent for a sitting Justice to debate a law professor, even one who was the president of the ACLU.

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Title IX Case Archives

(2 days ago) On June 6, 2020, a coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s Title IX regulations in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. On June 25, FIRE, joined by Independent Women’s Law Center and Speech First, moved to intervene as defendants, which was granted on July 6.

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(5 days ago) Gitlow was convicted under New York’s Criminal Anarchy Law, which punished advocating the overthrow of the government by force. Gitlow challenged his conviction, arguing that the First Amendment restrains the states as well as the federal government and that the criminal anarchy law violated the First Amendment. Importance of Case:

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