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2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LAW 400 - The First Amendment - Free Speech & Press


Fall (3-4) Timothy Zick

This 3-credit course will examine in depth the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech, press, and association. We will discuss First Amendment theories or justifications; the regulation of various categories of expression including incitement to unlawful action, threats, libel, child pornography, commercial speech, and obscenity; and content-neutral restrictions including limits on symbolic content (e.g., draft card burning, flag desecration, and nude dancing). The course will cover application of the First Amendment to government while acting in special capacities, including employer, educator, landlord, subsidizer/speaker, regulator of the airwaves, regulator of the Bar, controller of the military, prison warden, and regulator of immigration. The course will also cover certain ancillary First Amendment rights, including the right not to speak and the right of expressive association. Finally, we will examine the ‘press’ and newsgathering rights.