WHAT IS A “NONCONTROVERSIAL” TOPIC AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO PROFESSIONAL SPEECH?

By: Christopher Eddy Introduction The Supreme Court’s recent decision in National Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra (“NIFLA”) dealt with “professional speech.” Specifically, the Court decided if professional speech constituted a separate class of speech and was entitled to less protection under the First Amendment. The law at issue was California’s FACT Act … Continue reading WHAT IS A “NONCONTROVERSIAL” TOPIC AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO PROFESSIONAL SPEECH?

Newsflash!!

Happy post-Super Bowl Monday! Here is your latest First Amendment news! Edmonds bakery owner, Ken Bellingham, unapologizes for designing and selling "Build the Wall" cookies. FDA crackdown on labeling Almond Milk as 'Milk" could violate the First Amendment A federal magistrate judge this week recommended that a ban on conversion therapy in Tampa, be partially … Continue reading Newsflash!!

Packingham v. North Carolina: Court Protects Sex Offenders First Amendment Rights to the Internet.

By: Alison J. Rossi Early in summer of 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that a North Carolina law that banned convicted sex offenders from accessing or using social media websites was unconstitutional. In Packinham v. North Carolina, the Court ruled North Carolina’s law violated the First Amendment. This case has … Continue reading Packingham v. North Carolina: Court Protects Sex Offenders First Amendment Rights to the Internet.

NEWSFLASH!

Happy MLK Day!! Here is the latest First Amendment News! Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge  The Women’s March kicked off Saturday in Washington, D.C., shortly after leaders released a sweeping policy document that includes opposition … Continue reading NEWSFLASH!

“Weaponizing First Amendment? The Extent to Which Justice Kagan’s Claim is True”

By: Michael Peretz Several high profile First Amendment cases came before the Court in its most recent session. While Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was the most publicized case on the docket, the Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME  was arguably a more contentious case, as signified by the Court’s narrow 5-4 ruling, … Continue reading “Weaponizing First Amendment? The Extent to Which Justice Kagan’s Claim is True”

Are Commercial Speech Limitations Down the Drain?

By: Rachel Ann Stephens, Staff Writer I. Introduction Going to the bathroom has never been more perilous, for sewer systems. Systems already under pressure from growing populations, aging infrastructure, and climate change have a new villain in the form of “flushable” wipes. Places including New York, London, San Francisco, and Toronto have been feeling the … Continue reading Are Commercial Speech Limitations Down the Drain?