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Constitutional Law

Sommes-nous vraiment Charlie?

For the French-impaired: “Are we really Charlie?”    The vicious attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris have spurred a wonderful viral catchphrase of solidarity with Paris and the victims of the two terrorist attacks: “Je Suis Charlie”  Its easy to say but harder to uphold. But in America today you would be […]

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Constitutional Law

Appeals Court Recognizes First Amendment Rights of Professor to Complain About Treatment of Adjuncts

In case you haven’t noticed, the First Amendment has been taking a beating on college campuses. More and more schools are placing limits on what activities  students and professors can engage in. Private and public universities are holding students and professors to “codes of conduct” that in many ways limit their rights to free speech. […]

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Constitutional Law

I “Heart” Boobies Case Heading to Supreme Court

I remember when my son first came home wearing one from Middle School about five or six years ago – one of those cheap rubber “message bracelets” made popular by Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation. Except my son’s bracelet said “I [heart] Boobies!” It made me instantly nostalgic for the metallic Vietnam POW bracelets we wore […]

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General

Entering the “Revenge Porn” Fight

The capacity of the internet to inform, entertain and frankly change the world is evident. But like all technology, it can be used by small-mind people to advance hurtful causes or just be plain rude. Last month or so, I was contacted by a young woman who wanted my help in getting pictures of herself […]

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Constitutional Law

Two Cases Test Reach of First Amendment – The KKK Wants to Sponsor a Highway and Some Texas Cheerleaders Use Bible Banners at Public School Athletic Games!

Yesterday I had the privilege of judging a Quarter-Final round of the New York Law School Froessel Moot Court Competition. The competition seeks to recreate a Constitutional law argument before the US Supreme Court and this year’s problem focused on the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. Specifically it involved whether a school could punish students […]