Teacher Speech Outside of the Classroom

By: Elise Jamison, Staff Member, Vol. 19 “OnlyFans,” a subscription-based platform that allows influencers to monetize their content, has been the subject of significant publicity and contention. The site, known mostly for pornographic content, allows users to publish content to paid subscribers. Some people rely on the site as a primary source of income, while … Continue reading Teacher Speech Outside of the Classroom

First Amendment Implications of Curfews During Black Lives Matter Protests

By: Elizabeth Ernest, Staff Member, Vol. 19 Since last May, protests have taken place across the country in response to police brutality against Black Americans. In response, many cities implemented city-wide curfews. In Raleigh, North Carolina, Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin implemented a preventive curfew in anticipation of the response to the shooting of Jacob Blake. Although … Continue reading First Amendment Implications of Curfews During Black Lives Matter Protests

Offense-Free Education in a Virtual Education World

By: Shauna Baker-Karl, Staff Member Vol. 19 Introduction A college student is asking the Supreme Court to decide whether he has a First Amendment right to be offensive in a virtual classroom. The Second Circuit recently held that a professor at a public college could delete a student’s message board post without violating the student’s … Continue reading Offense-Free Education in a Virtual Education World

Johnny Mac v. The State of California: A Pastor’s Battle to Feed His Flock Amid COVID-19

By: Luke Maher, staff member Vol 19 “We will obey God rather than men… We’re going to leave the results to Him”. These are the words of Grace Community Church head pastor John MacArthur. The person sometimes affectionately referred to as Johnny Mac by his followers has made it clear that he does not plan … Continue reading Johnny Mac v. The State of California: A Pastor’s Battle to Feed His Flock Amid COVID-19

Militarized Policing Tactics Tread Upon First Amendment Rights

By Dreshawn McFadden, Staff Member Vol. 19 Free Speech and the Chilling Effects of Police Tactics During my first year of law school, I was reintroduced to the renowned First Amendment to the US Constitution, which states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right … Continue reading Militarized Policing Tactics Tread Upon First Amendment Rights

Drugs and Religion

By: Haley Tanner Religion in the United States The United States is home to many ethnicities, races, and religions. And our government is often faced with competing interests. It is important for Congress and the courts to hold the government to a high standard when considering restrictions on religion. Two important cases that consider religious … Continue reading Drugs and Religion

Social Media: Our Virtual Monopoly #Free Speech

By: Maian Adams In a 1939 opinion, Justice Owen J. Roberts wrote “[w]herever the title of streets and parks may rest, they have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions. Such use … Continue reading Social Media: Our Virtual Monopoly #Free Speech

SCOTUS Decision Assures Us That We Will Not be Bothered by Political Robocalling for the Foreseeable Future

By: Aaron Thomas Fadden Setting the Stage This past July in Barr v. American Ass’n. of Political Consultants, Inc., the Supreme Court reaffirmed that companies cannot use automated systems to contact consumers, holding that while the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was constitutional, the 2015 amendment which provided an exception allowing the U.S. Government … Continue reading SCOTUS Decision Assures Us That We Will Not be Bothered by Political Robocalling for the Foreseeable Future

Religious Gatherings in the Time of Coronavirus

By: Claire Lieberman Introduction States enacted various guidelines in March and April to promote social distancing in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. By the end of April, 35 states had either completely prohibited religious gatherings or limited them to some extent. In contrast, 15 states exempted religious gatherings from stay-at-home directives, describing … Continue reading Religious Gatherings in the Time of Coronavirus

Freedom of Speech: Off the Street, and Onto Your Screen

By: Rolf Lundberg, Staff Writer A. The Alternative Channel Through the First Amendment, Americans are arguably afforded greater protection of their speech than in any other western democracy. However, those protections are not boundless. Under certain circumstances the government is compelled to, and may, prohibit free speech in some public forums. In order for such … Continue reading Freedom of Speech: Off the Street, and Onto Your Screen