THE FIRST AMENDMENT: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
(LAWC-4062) - 2 UNITS
This class is a 2-unit version of the First Amendment Survey. This course will discuss the theory and doctrine of the First Amendment protections for freedom of expression, focused on the First Amendment's guarantees of the freedoms of speech, press, and assembly. How does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect these freedoms, and for what purpose? The course will particularly focus on issues that media lawyers will likely confront. Topics for discussion will include: constitutional limits on laws that penalize defamation, true threats, obscenity, and using others' property (including intellectual property); prior restraints on publication; constitutional limits on privacy laws; regulation of commercial speech; limits on protests; regulation of speech on the Internet, government workplaces, and on campuses; and questions of compelled speech and the conditioning of benefits on speech.