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I’m pleased to announce this presentation I’m giving on the First Amendment. I’ll be discussing much of what has traditionally counted as constitutionally protected speech, some of the valid restrictions on free expression, and some of the different ways the government can lawfully regulate protests.
I will also discuss the origin of these rights, as well as how they’ve evolved over more than 200 years of American history. Indeed, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Civil War to the First and Second Red Scare to the War on Terrorism, our free speech rights under the Constitution have been interpreted, manipulated, violated, and curtailed in response to the exigencies of the times. Both the judges who interpret the Constitution and our representatives who make/enforce the law are human beings very much responsive to their fears, the dangers our country faces, whether they're real or imagined, and political pressures from the other branches of government and the people themselves. Given that we’re living through turbulent times, it’s important to examine our current free speech rights, robust as they are, through this lens. Because if history is any guide, we may be one major crisis or war away from a limiting/curtailing of those rights like we've experienced in the past.
This presentation will be a good mix of theory and history, and will be helpful to understanding the potential future we're facing.
Note: The information presented at this meeting is for general educational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. I, Daniel Miller, DO NOT represent you or any attendee of this presentation in any legal matter. An attorney-client relationship has not been created by attendance at this meeting. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.