Law Review Symposium: America’s Classrooms: Frontlines of the First Amendment

Friday, October 28th, 2022
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar: 2022-10-28 09:30:00 2022-10-28 15:15:00 Law Review Symposium: America’s Classrooms: Frontlines of the First Amendment Event Description This symposium will explore current First Amendment issues in lower and higher education. Following a series of state-law mandates and Circuit Court and Supreme Court decisions affecting teachers and our American education system, this constitutional conversation is ripe for debate and analysis.  Symposium presenters will discuss academic freedom protections for university and lower education teachers, gender identification of students, off-campus speech, K-12 curriculum development, critical race theory, and other related topics.  9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 10:00 a.m. - noon Panel 1: K-12 First Amendment Considerations  ●    Richard Duncan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, First Amendment religious rights influencing school choice and curriculum  ●    Erika Wilson, UNC School of Law: Critical Race Theory and Localism  ●    Emily Spivack, senior associate Squire, Patton, Boggs: variety of K-12 issues in practice  ●    Will Creeley, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE): Social Media in Schools, focusing on Mahanoy v. B.L.  ●    Shannon Minter. Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): TBD This panel will focus on the current First Amendment issues in K-12 education and the effects on teachers, students, and parents.  Noon - 1 p.m. Break 1 - 3:00 p.m. Panel 2: Academic Freedom and Student Mistreatment  ●    Caroline Corbin, University of Miami School of Law: When Teachers Misgender ●    Keith Whittington, Professor of Politics at Princeton University: Academic Freedom Protections and Extramural Speech of University Professors  ●    Laura Beth Nielsen, American Bar Foundation and Chair of Sociology at Northwestern University: Misgendering Students  ●    Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University: First Amendment Rights to Mistreat Students  This panel will focus on recent case law emphasizing teachers’ First Amendment rights with a focus on higher education.  3:00 - 3:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks Case Western Reserve University School of Law George Gund Hall Room A59, Moot Courtroom 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106   CLE Reading Materials School of Law School of Law America/New_York public

To receive CLE credit, the cost is $100 for alumni and $200 for non-alumni.  CLE registration will be made available during the event. 

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Event Description

This symposium will explore current First Amendment issues in lower and higher education. Following a series of state-law mandates and Circuit Court and Supreme Court decisions affecting teachers and our American education system, this constitutional conversation is ripe for debate and analysis. 


Symposium presenters will discuss academic freedom protections for university and lower education teachers, gender identification of students, off-campus speech, K-12 curriculum development, critical race theory, and other related topics. 

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
10:00 a.m. - noon Panel 1: K-12 First Amendment Considerations 

●    Richard Duncan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, First Amendment religious rights influencing school choice and curriculum 
●    Erika Wilson, UNC School of Law: Critical Race Theory and Localism 
●    Emily Spivack, senior associate Squire, Patton, Boggs: variety of K-12 issues in practice 
●    Will Creeley, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE): Social Media in Schools, focusing on Mahanoy v. B.L. 
●    Shannon Minter. Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): TBD

This panel will focus on the current First Amendment issues in K-12 education and the effects on teachers, students, and parents. 

Noon - 1 p.m. Break
1 - 3:00 p.m. Panel 2: Academic Freedom and Student Mistreatment 

●    Caroline Corbin, University of Miami School of Law: When Teachers Misgender
●    Keith Whittington, Professor of Politics at Princeton University: Academic Freedom Protections and Extramural Speech of University Professors 
●    Laura Beth Nielsen, American Bar Foundation and Chair of Sociology at Northwestern University: Misgendering Students 
●    Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University: First Amendment Rights to Mistreat Students 

This panel will focus on recent case law emphasizing teachers’ First Amendment rights with a focus on higher education. 

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Event Location

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
George Gund Hall
Room A59, Moot Courtroom
11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106
 

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