News & Commentary

A Tribute to Ida B. Wells and the Power of the Pen

Although today many don’t know her name, she was a courageous activist, journalist, and early leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Being a Good Citizen

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Here, the bare minimum we should all be doing to be fair-minded and well-informed citizens.
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Mourning the loss of CQS alum Getahn Ward (CQS 1994 and 1995)

Getahn Ward (CQS 1994 and 1995), business reporter at The Tennessean and an opening-night speaker at orientation dinners for numerous classes of Chips Quinn Scholars in Nashville, Tenn., died Dec. 16 at age 45. Read the obituary and appreciation.
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Federal Appeals Court Invalidates Trademark Law Barring Registration of “Scandalous” Marks 

Courts continue to reduce the ability of the government to limit speech because of its perceived offensiveness.
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9th Circuit Applies Strict Scrutiny, Upholds Restriction on Judges and Judicial Candidates

The court found that a Montana law that prohibits judicial candidates from using political party endorsements does not violate the First Amendment
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Podcast: Beyond Belief

How do we live together as one nation of people with so many different religious faiths?  Kristen Looney of the Religious Freedom Center shares her insights.
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The value of networking

Two Chipsters from the 2017 class share thoughts on what awaits every CQS alum: job-hunting. This week we hear from Tomas Rodriguez; last week Jenny Ung provided insights.
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Two wrongs do not make a ‘right’ — but they can misuse one

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Tricking journalists and joking about violence against them may be not against the law, but it’s still a misuse of our right to free expression.
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End Discrimination Against Digital Billboards

First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr. takes a look at this much maligned medium of communication.
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Can lawyers text potential clients?

According to First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr., more states are saying yes, in consideration of First Amendment principles and in recognition of the fact that there’s less opportunity for coercion in a text message as opposed to a phone call.
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