First Amendment in the 21st Century (Kreimer)
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 142
The First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech, press and assembly occupied a central place in the Supreme Court's docket during the second half of the twentieth century. As the century closed and the new century began, the"information age" brought new urgency to some elements of the discussion, and began to transform others. This seminar will examine the development of the federal doctrines protecting freedom of expression, and the ways in which these doctrines are likely to occupy the courts in the coming years. Discussion will include problems of incitement and threats, compelled speech, anonymity, libel, obscenity, emotionally abusive speech, privacy, access to public fora and media structure. Students will be expected to prepare a research paper on an issue of free expression, and to present their findings in class.
Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.