Proposed California Bill Would End “Free Speech Zones”

Middlebury College

If it passes, public universities in California would no longer be able to limit free assembly to designated zones of their campuses.
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First Amendment Center’s David L. Hudson, Jr. releases new book on free speech

What defines “freedom of speech”—in public schools; on the Internet? What constitutes libel? How have our rights regarding freedom of speech changed over the years? Find the answers to these questions and more in Documents Decoded: Freedom of Speech.
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Why Social Media Keeps Failing Us

Social media may never strike the right balance between free expression and safety, decency and truth.
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Public Employees, Private Speech

First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson, Jr. explains how the First Amendment doesn’t always protect government workers.
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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

First Amendment Center legal intern Melemaikalani Moniz lays out what government employees can and can’t post on social media.
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Remembering Johnson v. Avery, the Jailhouse Lawyer Case

First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson, Jr. discusses the landmark Supreme Court case that allowed “jailhouse lawyers” to help other inmates with their legal pleadings.
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Supreme Court Considers Three First Amendment Cases This Term

First Amendment Scholar David Hudson Jr. takes a look at the free speech cases on the Court’s docket this term: Lee v. Tam, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, and Packingham v. North Carolina.
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Does a border agent’s search of your cell phone cross the line?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides insight into the First Amendment implications of U.S. border agents seizing and searching electronic devices.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Protest

Mosque protesters and counter-protesters were prevented from exercising their right to assemble by the intervention of a third group. The two opposing groups of protesters left to get lunch together.
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