Aiming the Bully Podium at Minority Communities

10/11/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Mark Joseph Stern: From the NFL to Puerto Rico to the impending ban on transgender troops, Trump uses his “free speech rights” to bully minority communities into silence.

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The Value of Gerrymandering

10/7/17  //  Commentary

What is the value to democracy from political gerrymandering for partisan advantage? The intuitive answer is the right one: None.

G. Michael Parsons

NYU School of Law

Forum on Defending the First Amendment from Trump

10/6/17  //  Latest Developments

Take Care and Protect Democracy have teamed up to host a forum in which leading scholars consider how we can use the law (and litigation) to protect against Trump's use of the 'bully podium.'

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Free Speech Solidarity

10/6/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Collective action has proven an effective response to the President’s attempted interference with the employment of Jemele Hill and NFL players.

Charlotte Garden

Seattle University School of Law

Versus Trump: So, Can California Really Do That?

10/5/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss a recently-passed bill awaiting the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown that, if signed into law, would require presidential candidates to disclose five years of federal of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in California. Jason and Charlie ask each other whether California has the constitutional power to do that, and, if so, whether it's a good idea. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

The Bully and the Press

10/5/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Sonja West: In response to Trump's attacks, we should embrace the unique constitutional status of journalists and mount defenses based on the First Amendment Press Clause.

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Justice Kennedy, The First Amendment, and Partisan Gerrymandering

10/4/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

By David Gans: Will Justice Kennedy carve out a partisan redistricting exception from foundational First Amendment principles?

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Our Imperiled Absolutist First Amendment

10/3/17  //  Commentary

Recent developments could imperil constitutional protections for expressive freedom.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Versus Trump: [This Episode Blocked]

9/28/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie dive into the merits of a lawsuit brought by Twitter users who have been blocked by @realDonaldTrump. They claim the President's blocking violates the First Amendment. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Protecting Free Speech and Free Press From Motivated Malignancy

9/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Trump’s potential violations of free speech and press have much in common with his apparent violations of other constitutional limits

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Constructing the Press as Enemy

9/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Trump administration—in word and in deed—has engaged in enemy construction of the press.

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Protecting Against Arbitrary Government

9/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Executive bullying creates a potential taint of illegitimacy, of arbitrariness, that could color the political and moral legitimacy of future governmental actions

K. Sabeel Rahman

Demos & Brooklyn Law School

Friends, Enemies, and Trump's First Amendment Violations

9/26/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Trump’s intemperate attacks on political speech he dislikes are inconsistent with democratic self-government.

Sessions Changed DOJ's Longstanding Position on Voter Purges in a Key SCOTUS Case.

9/26/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Now former DOJ officials are calling him on it.

Samuel Bagenstos

University of Michigan Law School

Trump on Compelled Speech: Unconstitutional for Bakers; Fine for NFL Players

9/25/17  //  Commentary

Can Trump's Justice Department's position on Masterpiece Cakeshop be reconciled with his own views about professional athletes?

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School