The First Amendment prohibits the government from abridging the freedom of speech and the press. But what types of speech are protected, and how do courts balance the interests of the government and citizens in the regulation of activities involving expression of ideas? This course will focus on Supreme Court decisions interpreting the First Amendment in a variety of contexts, including content-based restrictions, vague or overbroad laws, prior restraint, clear and present dangers, symbolic conduct, freedom of association, regulation of public forums, commercial speech, defamation, obscenity and freedom of the press.
GROUP LEADER: Jack Ross holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia, School of Law and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught several courses on legal topics in the WISE program.
REQUIRED BOOK: A Short and Happy Guide to the First Amendment by Robert C. Power and Mark C. Alexander (West Academic Publishing; ISMN-13 978-1634602587.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609